Update: This story might upstage Bill Clinton’s speech tonight. Oh my: Boos at convention as Dems reinstate language on God and Jerusalem in platform. The horror of the truth broadcast for all to see.
Tonight Bill Clinton is conducting a master class in politics.
Republicans/conservatives and those supporting Romney/Ryan should watch closely and learn from Bill. These lessons from Bill Clinton are about politics and they are extremely relevant today. Knowing what Bill Clinton is doing and how he does it must be understood if you are interested in winning the election in November, not just winning an argument.
Those who want a deeper understanding of what Bill Clinton is doing and how he is doing it should follow the links in this article. Savor every word grasshoppers (and we admit we are often flummoxed as to how Republicans/conservatives think, but we are willingly learning). We’ve written so much on this topic there are a great many resources to a fuller understanding of how we Democrats think and how Bill Clinton functions. [Romney/Ryan strategist should read this article in its entirety – but for those that want the latest Monica news and only a superficial answer to our title question, skip to below the asterisked line.]
Recently in “The Battle For Bill Clinton” we discussed what Republicans should do in response to Bill Clinton. We discussed I/E Republicans and E/I Republicans (Intelligence over Emotion and vice-versa) and thus far, to their very great credit, most Republican/conservative websites/spokespersons have taken our advice. Today Paul Ryan is once again taking our advice.
Our argument for Intelligence over Emotion in politics does not mean that emotion is to be casually dismissed. We are arguing that in politics you need to make an assessment of what your objectives/goals are and then pursue them in the most effective way possible. You might have to ditch your “feelings” about an issue or a personality but the point is you must get your aims. For instance, you have to get elected before you can govern is an intellectual truism which at times is not emotionally satisfying. We all have favorite candidates that we like/love/support who really make it difficult to win elections with but we are so emotionally connected to them that we want to take a risk and want everyone to take the risk with us. But in the cold logic of day often these preferences are foolish and should be rejected if we want to win.
To “win” first “understand”. Bill Clinton is not only a graduate from some of the greatest intellectual factories on this planet Bill Clinton is also a very organic, emotionally attuned person. He knows how to connect intellectually and at the same time “feel your pain”. Calling Bill a “phony” doesn’t work because he connects and will continue to connect. His speeches, hated by many Republicans who never understood what he was doing, were masterpieces of emotional and intellectual language. They were post modern masterpieces which infuriated Republicans/conservatives who preferred to call “liar” or use ridicule instead of seeing what was staring them in the face.
When Bill Clinton gave his famous “the era of big government is over” he invested a great many paragraphs in the same speech to discuss new “initiatives”, new government programs that were often “silly” (think school uniforms) but emotionally spoke to women voters especially and families interested in education in particular.
Republicans erupted in ridicule and anger at the seeming “lie” but Bill Clinton was not lying, he was speaking two languages – intellect and emotion. Bill understood that women and voters generally were fed up with government but that at the same time they wanted help with “kitchen table issues”. Bill Clinton addressed both seemingly contradictory viewpoints at the same time. It was masterful but Republicans did not see this until it was too late. [Obama Dimocrats and the “creative class” ridiculed the Tea Party because of the contradictions over Medicare support and resistance to government in this movement and lived to regret the ridicule.]
Republicans/conservatives and all Romney/Ryan supporters should keep their eyes on the prize, the arrows on the target, the bombers over the bomb site. The target is not Bill Clinton but rather Barack Obama.
E/I Republicans/conservatives always want to re-fight the fights they have lost already and fights they would lose again if they take on Bill Clinton. It’s always panty sniffing and Juanita Broaddrick and Monica and Me and Mrs. Jones with these people and they always lose and then scream like Daffy Duck as Bugs Bunny outwits them again. Guys, you’re not going to win a fight with Bill Clinton and even if you engage in a fight with Bill Clinton you will lose because the target is not Bill Clinton but Barack Obama.
So what should Romney/Ryan supporters whether you hate Bill Clinton or love Bill Clinton do in practical terms? First of all understand what Bill Clinton does and how. Second of all take some action, don’t sulk.
You know, there is a really big season opening football game tonight. Bill Clinton knows about this game. Bill Clinton also knows that many of the people he is supposed to seduce will be watching the football game and not him. Instead of sulking, invite people on the fence in this election over to the house to watch the game. Make last night’s low viewership ratings even lower. Phone friends who like Bill but aren’t sure about Obama just before Bill starts to speak. If you have a website, talk football. Invite white working class voters over for drinks/game and keep them away from the great seducer – Bill Clinton.
What should Romney/Ryan supporters do to counter the great seducer on television and websites? First, don’t waste time trying to counter Bill Clinton on an intellectual level – you’re not going to win that debate and it’s a distraction away from attacks on Barack Obama anyway.
So, what to do, what to do? Again understand your objectives. It’s not Kill Bill. Also, there is more than one way to skin a cat (sorry cat lovers).
To counteract the great seducer use intelligence and emotion. When we Democrats are born we are sent to Mao training schools to wear berets, wave red books filled with slogans and hail the leader. Kidding, but there is a lesson to be learned from Mao and the cultural revolution.
When Madame Mao and her cultural revolutionaries wanted to launch a terror called the “cultural revolution” in China they knew that Chairman Mao posed a great obstruction to their plans. They realized there are two ways to make someone irrelevant: one, bury them; two, put them on a pedestal so high they become distant and irrelevant. The White Boned Demon, a.k.a. Madame Mao, chose to place the Chairman on that great pedestal and therefore away from the day to day relevance in China.
Romney/Ryan supporters should take a page from Madame Mao when it comes to Bill Clinton. Don’t fight Bill, elevate Bill. It’s a way to emotionally paralyze Bill too because he just wants to be loved (due to childhood issues). Embracing Bill will throw him for a loop. Don’t attack Bill, use Bill to attack Barack.
But you know that, we’ve written about it before. Don’t waste time attacking Bill Clinton, just say, “Barack, you’re no Bill Clinton”. This response not only neutralizes Bill but it drives Barack crazy:
The Romney/Ryan response should be “Bill Clinton worked with the Republican congress and they helped America. Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. Barack Obama has made a bad economy worse. Barack Obama will continue to make the economy worse so we have to get rid of him if we want America to prosper.” See, it is simple. Paul Ryan agrees with us.
Romney/Ryan supporters must, for their own survival, understand that surrogates are not going to save either Mitt or Barack. It’s a tough lesson for them when it comes to Latino heavy states but it is a good lesson for them to remember when it comes to the role of Bill Clinton. As we wrote yesterday, “at the presidential level surrogates like Bill Clinton or Marco Rubio do not get votes, the most surrogates can do for a candidate is to get attention and possibly a listen from the voters who know/respect them.”
Now, there are plenty of other videos that Romney/Ryan supporters should deploy. It is important they do so. Don’t try to beat Bill Clinton intellectually or emotionally. Do some counter-programming. Do some counter punching. Respond emotionally to what will be a brilliant Bill Clinton speech by praising Bill Clinton and reminding the voters that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have a history. Deploy that history (don’t forget Hillary):
Don’t forget “they played the race card on me”. Fight emotional appeals with emotional responses.
Discuss that history of “Democrats Versus Dimocrats And What Is Bill Clinton Up to?“. Don’t forget those incidents which led Charles Krauthammer to exclaim “Let’s face it, Bill Clinton’s a double agent for the GOP“.
The question after all the above remains – Why is Bill Clinton speaking tonight at the Obama Obmination even after he has been called a “racist” and Hillary trashed by the Obama Dimocrats? Why Bill, why?
The answer lies in an advertisement for state run lotteries: You gotta be in it to win it.
For years we have discussed the war between the FDR/Clinton coalition and the Obama coalition. That war continues every day on multiple levels. Last night, at the Obama Dimocrat convention a video tribute was shown which featured Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008. In 2008 Ted Kennedy lied to Bill Clinton, pretended he was not committed to either candidate while secretly he was one of Barack Obama’s biggest backers. It was no accident that video was shown.
This is total war in the open and hidden. Bill Clinton has to be very agile in this war and often few see what is going on. When Bill Clinton extolls Mitt Romney’s business career as “sterling” and mocks Obama fiscal policy some understand what Bill is up to and that he does not like Barack Obama. When Hillary Clinton regularly disappears during big Obama events to attend some obscure ceremony in some far distant land out of the hemisphere many understand that Hillary can’t stand Barack. But then Bill Clinton agrees to speak to the Obama Dimocrats and endorse the Chicago flim-flam man and all we hear is “why, why, why?”. Well there are reasons and methods to the madness.
Whatever happens to Barack Obama in November there will be a battle for the soul of what was once the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton wants to resurrect the Democratic Party of himself and FDR. Barack Obama and his minions want to go “Forward” with the lunacy. So what to do?
Andrew Cuomo will run for president in 2016 from the center. Andrew Cuomo is no where to be seen at the Obama obamination. For Cuomo, who does not want to show his cards or ambition, that is a smart decision. Keep away from this stink-fest for the sake of the future. Bill Clinton does not have that option.
Bill Clinton must appear as a supporter or he and Hillary Clinton will be attacked – and when the fight for control of the future of the party (Obama Dimocrat or Clinton Democrat) comes – and that’s the battle that matters to Bill Clinton right now – he could lose. Bill Clinton knows that the election will come down to what Obama and Romney do and that in that fight he is not a determinative factor. In the fight for the future of the party Bill Clinton is a determinative factor.
Buzzfeed today published an article describing how at night, during prime time, the Obama Dimocrats are posing as centrists. During the day, they are full out KOOKS. Bill Clinton is thinking about the future and holding the flag of rational Democrats in the face of Obama Dimocrats.
Bill Clinton knows all this day versus night scheduling deception. Bill Clinton also knows his #1 guy Doug Band is voting for Mitt Romney. Bill Clinton wants everybody to know Doug Band, his #1 guy is voting for Romney/Ryan. Politics at this level are “complicated”.
Hey, remember that time that Obama was with Bill Clinton in the White House and Obama left? Watch the video. Bill Clinton said that he does not leak his advice to Obama to Big Media. That’s when Obama decides to go see Michelle. Reports that Obama wanted to ask Hillary Clinton to be his veep but was afraid to ask personally because he was afraid Bill Clinton would speak about the offer to Big Media is only one example of Obama fearing Bill Clinton using all channels to get out his message.
This is no caged bird.
For years the Obama henchmen have tried to cage Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. Now, Bill Clinton refuses to even give them a copy of his speech. It wouldn’t matter anyway. Bill Clinton can speak without a TelePromTer, as he did when his broke during a State of the Union speech. Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton.
When Bill Clinton in 2010 made the argument to voters to ‘Give us Two More Years,’ ‘Vote Against Us All If It’s Not Better’ he knew what he was doing. Bill Clinton was providing an ad for Republicans to use against what he knew he would have to do in 2012. That’s time travel Bill, anticipating the chess moves before he makes them and the counter chess moves to be made. Complicated.
Bill Clinton is going to give a brilliant speech tonight. In order to make that speech Bill Clinton will have to speak about his achievements in office. And that is what Romney/Ryan need to focus on. “Barack, you are no Bill Clinton.”
In his more “flexible” moments Bill Clinton likes Paul Ryan. Remember?
Romney/Ryan supporters should remain focused on the target. Romney/Ryan supporters must remember that Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton hate Barack Obama almost as much as they do.
Bill Clinton is speaking tonight because Bill Clinton is doing what he always does – thinking about tomorrow.