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Backlash Against Hilary Clinton and Bill Clinton Election Season

Did This Election Season Create Clinton Backlash?

For years, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been the portrait of the American political couple — while of course they've always had their detractors and critics — they've stood as powerhouses both on their own and together. Even before her campaign for president ended, however, to some the election season exposed a less than pleasant underbelly of the Clintons. While Bill and Hill supported Barack Obama, at times it seemed like they were intentionally not putting their hearts in the campaign. For instance when Bill stopped by Letterman he complimented McCain and (as Chris Rock pointed out right after) seemingly avoided saying Obama's name.

The rationale behind Clinton's tepid support could have had something to do with wanting Hillary to have another chance in 2012, but that might be painting the couple far more sinister than we should. They came under fire again this week when they had to deny having told senators to support Lieberman. While in the end the Clintons did rally for Obama, the lack of full-hearted support turned some fans sour. Now that the election is over, do you think this election season caused a Clinton backlash?


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pinkreginbows pinkreginbows 8 years
I love bill i thought he was a good president but hilary to me is a fake! but better than barack
klynnmorton klynnmorton 8 years
In all honesty, I think that Hillary and Bill Clinton were both surprised by the strength behind the Obama campaign during the primary. So I was surprised by their strange behavior during this campaign. However, they pledged their support to Obama (eventually) and I believe that they gave him that support. I would hope that the importance of community and a grass-roots based campaign has made an impression on them,that they need to be just as rooted in politics as in the community at large, to win campaigns.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
ilanac- according to an election day poll, Hillary would have won the final election this year by like 11 points. I think I saw that on CNN, but I'm too lazy to look it up... Either way, we had two great dem. candidates! :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
The election actually made me like them more. When I saw how gracious they were when Obama won the nomination, I found new respect for them. They worked tirelessly on his behalf and did more than anybody could have expected them to do. It was very classy.
Tari007 Tari007 8 years
I admire them both for all of their work and experience in politics, regardless of their mistakes, I respect them and still supporth them 100%.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
It really depends. If you are a democrat for a Democrats sake i.e. you vote on party lines regardless then it wouldn't matter but if you were a democrat and you were already not so fond of the Clinton's for what was/wasn't said during the primary or your still holding that Monica Lewinsky thing against Bill then it didn't take much for them to get on your bad side. I mean during the primary Hillary Clinton was trying to win, so all the things she said could be used as fuel against her for whatever office she runs for next. And of course there is the group that has an undying love for the Clinton's so they could eat babies, and murder toddlers and they would still love them!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Exciting things to come, I hope!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I never admired them in the first place. and just looking at her makes me kind of bring my breakfast up.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
It's been leaked that she's being considered for Secretary of State. I wonder if he has McCain in mind for anything? :ponder:
Jillness Jillness 8 years
According to CNN, Obama met with Hillary yesterday in Chicago! He is meeting with John McCain in Chicago on Monday. I like that. :)
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i'm a conservative republican. i like hillary and i think bill did a good job as president. they aren't robots. they are entitled to their feelings, and if there is some resentment there because obama got the nomination rather than hillary is anyone surprised?
kranky kranky 8 years
This article is sour grapes from the media. There mere idea of discussing if the Clintons did 'enough' for Obama AFTER he won the election is juvenile. It would be more understandable if this went to press pre-Nov. 4th, but not by much. I agree with most of everyone's assessments: the Clintons were all over the place campaigning, and Hil's supporters were convinced enough by her support that they voted for him. Clearly, Obama has more important things to deal with at the moment, but I do hope he nips this one in the bud if it starts getting more play.
piper23 piper23 8 years
One of the best things about this election was that we were guaranteed not to have a Bush or a Clinton in the Oval Office. Now that is a refreshing 'change'.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I've never been a fan of the Clintons, but I do admire how they raised their daughter in the public eye. Chelesa seemed to turn out alright, so they had to be doing something good there at least.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no i think that we all still really like her and that in a different campaign year she would have won. i think that people do realize that the campaign trail at times brings out the worst in people and that's something that you just have to deal with. folks that liked her before aren't going to just switch over and start disliking her. the family name is still as esteemed as it always has been.
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I think Hillary behaved very good during the last part of the campaign - she was very enthusiastic. I don't think Bill did anything wrong either, they just want to create controversy. I always liked her better than him though.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I still love the Clintons :love:. I don't get where this article is coming from.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
I agree with janneth, I felt that way with Bill Clinton during a few of his interviews.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I don't care. I love Hilary and Bill. I will always support the both of them.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Agreed, the media did not at all cover how much they supported Obama. I also wish we could declare a national hiatus from election coverage. It's over!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think that the media thrives on drama, and so they have tried to create a narrative around them. Hillary did over 100 rallies for Obama, but that didn't fit in the narrative, so most media outlets didn't report on them regularly.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I think they did enough for Obama campaign.
janneth janneth 8 years
Maybe you are right, Harmony. Somebody told me that the Clintons were campaigning, but the media would hardly cover it.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I agree Jude and won't waste my time with it any longer. Off to my show. Goodnight ladies. :wave:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I'm not talking about during her campaign I'm talking about after it. And exactly what 'facts" are there spoken of above. It's all very vague and the only thing that is specifically talked about it is that they only had "lack-hearted support" of Obama which is completely false. The only reason you didn't hear about how much Hillary and later on Bill were doing for Obama is because everybody couldn't shut up about Palin and it was the only story worthy of the news. :oy:
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