Have you noticed how unpopular Bill Clinton has become of late, even with Democrats who formerly were charmed by him? Michael Weiss has.
What’s going on? Most Republicans always hated him, and I must confess I was never especially fond of him. But most Democrats had been pretty loyal till recently, when Bill has planted his foot firmly in his own mouth a few times too often while campaigning on behalf of his wife.
Perhaps he’s such a narcissist that he only warms up to the stump when he’s shilling for himself. Another possibility is that his masculine protective instincts are more highly aroused when it’s his wife on the line instead of himself, and so he gets snarly. Or maybe they’ve decided to do a “bad cop, good cop” bit, with Bill as the bad cop.
Then again, maybe he doesn’t really want Hillary to win the Presidency since he’d have to take a back seat— although it might be gratifying to become the first First Man in history.
Whatever is going on, Democrats seem to have had their fill of Bill, although so far it doesn’t seem to have hurt Hillary too much; she’s still the frontrunner.
This makes the Democratic race for President relatively straightforward and stable compared to the volatile Republicans. Giuliani, once the golden boy touted as the great Republican (although not conservative) hope, has sunk so low even Florida may not be able to revive him, whereas the once-moribund McCain has risen from the ashes to seem the almost inevitable nominee, even though he likewise raises the hackles of conservative true believers.
Why is McCain doing so well? My guess is that he’s the only real contender on either side who seems like a veteran in more ways than one. He’s been around as a nationally known figure in high-profile politics for decades (and not just because he married into it), while the others seem hardly dry behind the ears.
McCain has a sense of humor; he’s fond of saying, “I’m older than dirt, with more scars than Frankenstein.” That sounds self-deprecating, and it is. But it’s also a clever way to emphasize his experience without seeming to brag.
McCain has been through the fire (literally) but he’s still standing. In these uncertain times, that implies a certain reassuring solidity and dependability that belie his maverick status.