Democrats are longing to re-create the days of Bill Clinton in office.
It isn’t hard to see why Republicans want another Ronald Reagan. Even if some may have decided that his policies didn’t always match the hopes he raised, at least he raised hopes by articulating a genuinely conservative vision of life under the rule of law, with a free market and a limited role for government. Reagan represents the “gold standard” for American conservatism for many Republicans for that reason.
Of course, you can never step into the same river twice. Even though Republicans fondly remember the Reagan era, we don’t necessarily want someone to try to completely copy everything about Reagan for today. The same coalition of voters may not be possible.
We will find out in 2016 how this will work out. So far, since 2008, we have seen the Republican leadership soundly deny the impulse for a new Reagan and insist we accept other kinds of Republican candidates.
And both lost to Obama.
In the meantime, it seems that the Democrats have been overcome with their own version of nostalgia. According to the host of Meet the Press, they are longing for the return of Bill Clinton!
From the Daily Caller, “Chuck Todd: Dems ‘Desperate’ To Make Party About Bill Clinton Once Again.”
During a quick chat with the show’s panel Sunday, Todd said that while Democrats may not be all in for Hillary at this point, they do wish Bill Clinton was the next presumptive candidate, saying Democrats are “desperate” for a return of the party to the days of Bill Clinton.
“Has Hillary Clinton had a good enough 2014 to change the party from the party of Obama back to a party of the Clintons?” Todd asked panelist and former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs.
“Well, look, that’s going to be a process that takes more time than just 2014. I don’t think she has had a particularly good run with the book. I wouldn’t have done as many interviews as she did. I think they hastened the process of Republican attacks, which were certainly going to come,” said Gibbs.”I would have waited.”
“I will say, as a Democrat sitting here, you have to be impressed with what Rand Paul was saying,” Gibbs said. “To have a positive talking point before the election is hugely important. I think Jeb Bush is also one to watch.”
“It’s interesting on the Clintons here. In the south, Democrats are desperate for the party to become the party of Bill Clinton again. I don’t know if they’re all in on Hillary, but they wish Bill Clinton could be running,” Todd said, with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell adding that the 43rd President has been the Democrats most popular surrogate.
It is amazing to me that, watching the video, none of the Democrat intelligentsia seem to disagree with Todd or think that he is saying anything embarrassing.
Bill Clinton is their superhero.
Why? What did Clinton do that was so great?