Hillary Looking for a Way In

Byron York notes that Bill Clinton is looking to burnish his reputation in comparison to Obama (hey, he doesn’t need to convince me!):

While the political world obsesses over Chris Christie, Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican presidential field, something is up with Bill Clinton. On Nov. 8, the former president will publish a new book entitled Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy. Judging by pre-release publicity, the book resembles nothing so much as a campaign tract for a third Clinton term. Of course Clinton is barred by the Constitution from being elected president again, but “Back to Work” still seems the product of an author who’s gearing up for something.

Instapundit wonders cheekily, “whatever could it be”?

York reports:

The book’s publicity materials say Clinton will offer “specific recommendations” and will propose “how we can get out of the current economic crisis and lay a foundation for long-term prosperity.” The former president will argue that political warfare in Washington “has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with few jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position.”

All that would sound perfectly reasonable from a candidate running against Barack Obama. Or maybe a man whose wife is running against Barack Obama. But Democratic insiders are adamant that there is nothing going on there, that Clinton’s new book does not foreshadow any challenge to the president.

“I don’t read any political motives in any of the things he’s been doing recently,” says a well-connected Democrat. “I take him at his word.”

“I think he wants Hillary to be president maybe more than Hillary wants to be president, but that’s secondary,” says another Democratic insider.

That is utter nonsense. Clinton does not want it more than Hillary; they are partners in ambition and appetite and the giveaway that Clinton’s book is wholly meant for Hillary’s sake is right there in the subtitle of the book, Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

“Smart” is Hillary’s signature word; it is the word that precedes all of her adventures: she is a “smart woman”, who plays “smart politics” and who suggested that her presidency would demonstrate “smart power” (she was still flogging “smart power” last month) and who as Secretary of State declared we would enter an era of “smart diplomacy.”

Hillarian engagement is always signaled by the word “smart.” Clinton’s book title indicates to me that she’s looking for a way into the Democrat nomination process.

As I’ve said elsewhere, no one is going to primary this president. So, this should be interesting. There are only so many options.

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  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    I guess it was a smart move by Obama afterall to put Hillary at Sec of State. She really has no manuevering room right now. Otherwise you just know she would be chopping at the bit.

    And it looks like Bill will remain the only Democrat to be re-elected since FDR. I’m sure that inflates his ego even further.

  • friscoeddie

    Manny seems to be calling the election already! What ever became of the axiom that ‘You can’t beat something with nothing’ ?

  • Gail F

    Smart government would be a good idea! Anyone smart around? So far, I haven’t seen much sign of it.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    LOL, friscoe. Right now Mickey Mouse could beat Obama. :-P

  • Greta

    friscoe eddie.

    There is also the saying fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me… I think a huge number of folks have already made that decision.

    Many said it was not a matter of folks wanting Obama as those who wanted a democrat after W. Bush and those who never believed McCain was really a Republican deep down staying home.

  • Nicole

    “Third term.” I couldn’t help but think of that when I saw the book’s title–back to work, Mr. Congeniality…

  • Doc

    I’m guessing Obama is getting some pressure from Democrat insiders to pull an LBJ and not seek another term. I wonder if his ego could handle a crushing electoral defeat. He may prefer to step aside, knowing this country was unworthy of 8 years of his brilliance and refusing to give the ignorant masses the satisfaction of defeating him. The corporate media would smoothly transition from praising Obama’s selflessness to annointing Hillary as the only one who could “bring the country together”, with the smug assumption that they can once again consider fly-over country irredeemably racist, which is the only explanation for Obama Administration failures.