In the last post, Obama's page-lifting from Clinton's 1992 campaign playbook was pointed out and his increased resorting to the cynical strategems therein as political pressure compelled him to abandon his transcending "Hope & Change" abstraction--itself plagiarised--and get down and dirty with the wordly Machiavelli.
And no better mentor is there for that than former President Bill Clinton himself, who, in eight years time, went from leaving--after burglarizing-- the White House Impeached, heavily-indebted, and facing criminal charges to a celebrated docent on all things great and small who's banked over $100 million dollars on speaking fees and book deals, and has become a virtual Prince of the World with his Clinton Global Initiative.
And it was in the self-proclaimed Comeback Kid's Harlem office of that very organization, today on 9/11, that Senator Obama--reeling from the McCain-Palin surge-- met the Master of the Democratic Party to plan a two-pronged attack and win back momentum for his own comeback.
No one but they know what scheme was hatched, but hatched it was:
"We're putting him to work," Obama announced after the meeting.
"I've agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do," Clinton confirmed.
That was typically fork-tongued. In one sentence, Clinton admits to having already agreed to execute a series of specified tactics on behalf of an activated strategy, but then implies that nothing was specified and he's nonchalantly standing by on-call.
Anyway, it seems Obama did:
"I predict that Senator Obama will win and win pretty handily," the Master forgave.
Obama added: "You can take it from the president of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."
Not enough, though, perhaps, if his efforts here for Hillary--along with the not-so-veiled veiled suggestion of who can't win--is any indication:
McCain's judgment has been criticized by the opposition for putting the quickly polarizing Palin on the ticket, but Obama's decision to hire the far more polarizing Bill Clinton to help him campaign says much about his own, because one thing's for certain:
The Clinton Curse--a weird phenomenon that unleashes all sorts of strife, misfortune, and divisiveness in its sphere of influence, whether in the circle of Clinton associates, upon the body politic at large, or against other Democratic presidential aspirants he tries to "help" get elected (like Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry)-- is alive and well, and Obama's a fool for gassing up his wagon with it.