Why even bother with Primary Elections and Nominating Conventions?
- By EDWARD KLEIN
- Last Updated: 10:43 AM, June 2, 2013
- Posted: 11:07 PM, June 1, 2013
But as last summer wore on, and Democrat enthusiasm waned, chief political strategist David Axelrod convinced the president that he needed Bill Clinton’s mojo.
A deal was struck: Clinton would give the key nominating speech at the convention, and a full-throated endorsement of Obama. In exchange, Obama would endorse Hillary Clinton as his successor.
Clinton’s speech was as promised; columnists pointed out the surprising enthusiasm in which he described the president. It also lived up to Obama’s fears, as more people talked about Clinton’s speech in the weeks following than his own.
But after his re-election, Obama began to have second thoughts. He would prefer to stay neutral in the next election, as is traditional of outgoing presidents.
The Democrats, it would seem, have adopted the Chicago Way and intend to carry on in that manner.