Sunday, October 12, 2014

Move Over, Barack Obama — The Clintons Are Taking Over

John Heileman, Bloomberg, Oct 10, 2014 1:01 PM CDT

The election is two years away, but make no mistake: An inauguration took place this week.

This has been the week of the long-awaited, full-bore, balls-to-the-wall return of the Clintons to the campaign trail, first with Bill in Arkansas on Monday and Tuesday, then with Hillary in Chicago on Wednesday and Philadelphia last night. Every move the former First Couple makes is viewed through gimlet eyes and subject to instant judgment. Does WJC still have his mojo? Has HRC found a message? Will they be able to move the needle for Democrats they aim to help between now and Election Day?

For what it’s worth, the answers in reverse order are: (a) we’ll see; (b) as of last night, maybe, just maybe; and (c) do bears shit in the woods?

Unavoidable as these questions and assessments are, however, they miss the larger drama already unfolding before our eyes. After more than six years in which Democratic politics have revolved around Barack Obama, the Clintons are aggressively reclaiming what they have long perceived as their rightful position at the center of their party’s universe—a reassertion made all the more vivid and undeniable by the interstellar drift of the current occupant of the Oval Office.

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