Tuesday 24 January 2017

With Clinton faltering against an outsider again, it's time to put Bill front and centre

Niall O'Dowd

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

Bill Clinton has the highest approval rating of any politician in America Photo: REUTERS / Aaron P. Bernstein / Files
Bill Clinton has the highest approval rating of any politician in America Photo: REUTERS / Aaron P. Bernstein / Files

Former US President Bill Clinton looked in the mirror last week - and felt déjà vu all over again. Just like in 2008, his wife, Hillary, was struggling mightily against an unconsidered outsider for the Democratic nomination.

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In 2008, it was first-term senator Barack Obama, just three years in national politics. This time it is a grizzled, New York-born senator called Bernie Sanders - who represents Vermont in the US Senate but still has a Brooklyn accent as thick as a Coney Island hot dog. He is also 75 years old.

Bill Clinton was mad. His déjà vu antenna reminded him that, back in 2007, when Obama entered the race, his instinct had been to go for the jugular against him right from the start and destroy his candidacy against his wife before it got airborne.

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