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To Bill or Not to Bill: Are Hillary's Surrogates Helping?

To Bill or Not to Bill: Are Hillary's Surrogates Helping?

Bill Clinton was in New Orleans over the weekend where he met up for a ground breaking with fellow Katrina activist Brad Pitt, and delivered a speech about the Clinton Global Initiative. Bill grabbed the opportunity to reinforce Hillary's campaign policy on rebuilding New Orleans. Bill called for the need for a full-time Katrina coordinator and said, ""All of this would be better done if there were a federal coordinator. . . and a sustained effort to make sure that government agencies are operating functionally." Bill's appearance made for at least one Hillary surrogate who was on message this weekend.

The pesky reality is that presidential candidates aren't humanly capable of being everywhere at once. Campaigning for years (or so it seems. . .) in a country this big, a candidate will have to outsource a little of the pomp and circumstance once in a while. Ah, the surrogate. Someone who can step in and deliver a message on behalf of the candidate, rally the supporters, and represent the brand. Chelsea's done it, Michelle Obama, even the recent controversial statements by Geraldine Ferraro, all took turns at carrying messages to varying degrees of success.

Bill Clinton might be the most sweet-and-sour bearer of this task. To see what he's been up to, and who he told to "chill out,"

. Bill is beloved but can occasionally let his passion run away with his tongue. He famously stirred things up perhaps for the worse with his Obama "fairy tale" remarks earlier this year. Of course that's the added bonus: besides clearing the candidate's schedule of a few rubber-chicken-dinner fundraisers: the surrogates can say things that the candidate can't — or wants out there without having the dirty hands that go along with it.

He's going to be on Good Morning America this morning, where previews of his exclusive interview have him saying of the tight race between Barack and Hillary, "The voters get to decide. I think we should just celebrate this. If we just chill out here and let all the voters have their say, my gut is it's gonna come out all right." If Bill keeps his surrogacy to positive messages, the voters might just agree.

What do you think? Is Bill a good surrogate, or are his remarks leading Hillary's campaign astray?


indielove indielove 9 years
"I think Bill could definitely help Hillary (and already has)." Yup...he HELPED her run her campaign into the ground. Although, she would have never gotten to the point she has if it wasn't for him. He's doing alot of her errand-running, he'd do anything to get back into the White House.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Of course all candidates will use surrogates from time to time, but I find Bill Clinton acting as Hillary's surrogate to be uniquely disturbing. He does absolutely help her in many ways--he is a much more compelling and adept speaker than she, with much greater reserves of charisma and magnetism, and often seems to be a better campaigner than she is herself--and that, to me, shows that once again, she's riding piggyback on his charisma and accomplishments to further her cause because she would not be able to make it without him. And I'm not saying that because she's a female candidate. I'm saying it because she is Hillary Clinton, of the Clinton would-be political dynasty.
syako syako 9 years
i just wanted to clarify - the volunteer work is great and welcomed!! I just meant the idea of the "coordinator" seemed a little far-fetched/idealistic to me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I think Bill could definitely help Hillary (and already has). He's extremely charismatic in person and, seeing as the two Democratic nominees pretty much agree on most policy issues, the little things are going to help a lot in the election. (And I'm sure he still has pull with a lot of the super-delegates.)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
At least they are TRYING to do some good. :)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I love Bill and I LOVE Brad. :)
syako syako 9 years
bah, yeah one stinkin' "coordinator" is going to rebuild new orleans and watch over the corruption. :rotfl: I love all of these "great ideas" for my poor old city. Let's first get the local government functioning (ala throwing out crazy uncle ray nagin) and then let's get the state government functioning - welcome bobby jindal - and then, maybe then, we can hire yet another useless federal govt. full time position - the katrina coordinator. Great idea, Bill, great idea. :oy:
If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, you have to jump at it. He's amazing! I was an Obama supporter until my mom convinced to go to a rally that he was speaking at. Immediately changed my mind! BTW, he never once mentioned Barack. He did mention their support for John Edwards, and a couple of the other candidates that were eliminated earlier in the race.
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