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Clinton Advisers: Boss Supports Tax Cuts Because He's Old and Senile

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Explanations of Bill Clinton's very candid endorsement of the Bush tax cuts and Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital have run rampant. Some have even said he's hoping for a Romney win to pave the way for a Hillary candidacy in 2016. But the former president's aides have a simple, if cold, reason for their boss' remarks: he's too old to hold his tongue.

The genuine explanation, say people close to Clinton, is the same one that usually is the case: He was simply saying what he really thought, but in fuzzy, free-associating language almost guaranteed to produce controversy.

This was a habit that Clinton usually learned to control as president. But the circumstances now are much different.

Clinton, say associates, while mentally sharp, is older and a step off his political game, less attuned to the need for clarity and message-discipline during interviews.

“He’s 65 years old,” said one adviser, explaining how Clinton in a CNBC interview managed to say that the economy was in recession when it is not.

Harsh. Of course, it's a ridiculous argument to make: Romney himself is 65, and Hillary will be 65 just before the 2012 election. Indeed, just weeks ago, Clinton was seen as an elder statesman of the Democratic Party, a popular figure upon whom President Obama relied to help build support for his own initiatives. One off-message speech, and suddenly he's senile?

Likely not. Instead, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air speculates that Clinton's team is feeling significant pressure from Obama's camp. The current POTUS doesn't want to run on his record, as POTUS-emeritus suggested; thus, they're trying to write off Clinton's remarks as the innocuous ramblings of a man who's reached that certain age.

Team Obama must be exerting a whole lot of pressure to get a full recantation from Clinton and his camp, mainly for speaking the truth. Most people in the US do feel that we are in a recession, or at least a recessionary environment, and Mitt Romney did have a sterling business career at Bain Capital. The problem for Obama is that his campaign can’t handle those truths, literally, as they have to pretend that the economy is rosy and that Romney is an eeeeeeevil vampire capitalist in order to win, rather than defend their own record and agenda as Clinton suggested last week.

Like Ed, I believe Clinton's support for Obama is genuine; any perceived criticism on Clinton's part is recognition of what makes a good campaign. And a good campaign is one that doesn't always, always,always go negative, a move that leads the public to beleive you're desperate and plan-less. But if Team Obama is even will to throw Bill Clinton under the bus -- the most popular living former president -- then it's clear OFA has moved beyond desperate territory, and into reckless.

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  • U-Dog 2012/06/09 15:24:05
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    Willy's pretty slick and I think Obama better get a bigger bus if he expects to run him over.
    obama under bus

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  • mrdog 2012/06/10 06:09:07
    false it a con game to get back at Obama for 08
    mrdog
    +1
    Bubba Bill doesn't like O.... so when he speaks the truth on Bain or tax cuts...

    Bubba Bill has to take a hit from some liberals...that only want their party to win
    regardless of the cost to America.... just politics 101.... bark
  • Jeff Smith 2012/06/10 02:53:33
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    Bill knows what best for Obama Lawn boy
  • Obama F... Jeff Smith 2012/06/10 02:58:16
  • enlightened one 2012/06/10 00:02:08
    false it a con game to get back at Obama for 08
    enlightened one
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    The only time taxes were cut were when the congress became mostly Republican during his presidency. As you know, the Legislative branch passes the laws. I guess it says something that he didn't veto the tax cuts. I don't think he proposed them to Congress.
  • Obama F... enlight... 2012/06/10 01:29:14
    Obama Failed Soda Head Chief Opi
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    Bill Clinton knows the truth, that it was Newt Gingrich and the Republicans that saved him and his Presidency by forcing Bill Clinton to cut taxes, reduce govt waste and bureaucracy and regulations that stifles the free market businesses and economy, reform welfare, balance the Budget, and so on.

    That's how Speaker Gingrich was able to force Bill Clinton to govern to the right, cause after 2 years of the Clinton Presidency from 1992-94, the people, after President Reagan saved the nation and restored US Economic prosperity, was not going to put with another liberal economic fiasco like Carter, that's why the people elected the Republicans with Newt as their leader to take over control of the Nation. That's the truth and Clinton knows it.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/06/09 18:03:15
    True He's Old and Senile
    Kane Fernau
    +2
    Clinton does what's best for Clinton.
  • U-Dog 2012/06/09 15:24:05
    Undecided
    U-Dog
    +3
    Willy's pretty slick and I think Obama better get a bigger bus if he expects to run him over.
    obama under bus
  • Obama F... U-Dog 2012/06/09 15:42:46
  • Farnsworth 2012/06/09 14:30:11
    Undecided
    Farnsworth
    +2
    Libs throwing the old God under the bus of the new God.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/06/09 13:51:50
    Undecided
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +3
    Clinton has said what he meant the first time - he has walked it back to be gracious to Obama and to walk the party line.
  • Kiosk Kid 2012/06/09 13:46:15
    Undecided
    Kiosk Kid
    +3
    Clinton said he was sorry for saying that. I guess so because he has been getting hammered by the left for saying it.

    However, Clinton cut taxes in 1997 with awesome results. It caused his surplus.
  • Obama F... Kiosk Kid 2012/06/09 13:52:30
    Obama Failed Soda Head Chief Opi
    And , also threw , his party under the bus to win in 94, something Obama not going to

    By doing that , he was then free to work with Newt to do all ,
  • Kiosk Kid Obama F... 2012/06/09 14:44:53
    Kiosk Kid
    +1
    I have never considered Clinton a Liberal, he is not a Marxist. Clinton can go either way. I think it is why he makes these type of mistakes.
  • Obama F... Kiosk Kid 2012/06/09 15:01:23
    Obama Failed Soda Head Chief Opi
    Clinton a Liberal, here i will disagree with you

    type of mistakes: Here i will agree with you again , Bill know what he doing, he getting back at Obama of 08

    Before you reply , please do some online research about bill Clinton
  • Kiosk Kid Obama F... 2012/06/09 15:30:18
    Kiosk Kid
    It is funny when someone want to try to improve the credibility of their opinion, they usually tell you to do some online reseach.

    I certainly can agrue with facts that Clinton is not a Liberals. Clinton is a populist. He will go either way.
  • Obama F... Kiosk Kid 2012/06/09 15:41:23 (edited)
    Obama Failed Soda Head Chief Opi
    +1
    Clinton will do what ever he think , is best for him, as far as the liberal thing ,I am always going to disagree on that point, Moving on
  • Walt 2012/06/09 13:39:08
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    Walt
    +2
    It's not that Clinton is old, senile, and unable to put out his 'A-game' on behalf of 0-Blah-Blah. It's that when it comes to the 0bama administration, he has reasons why he won't bother keeping his mouth shut or supporting them.
  • johnc 2012/06/09 13:10:37
    Undecided
    johnc
    +2
    Slick is called slick for a reason.
  • Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA 2012/06/09 12:44:43
    Undecided
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    +3
    The creepy old letch proves an old adage. "Even a Broken Clock is right twice a day"
  • mal 2012/06/09 12:37:58
    Undecided
    mal
    +2
    Maybe,he is being truthful.
  • Wolf 2012/06/09 10:29:51
    Undecided
    Wolf
    +3
    Cutting taxes is the solution but most importantly is cutting and reforming the massively bloated public sector and their millionaire pensions...

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