Presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney is insinuating that there’s an Obama Clinton beef (many assume the pair are BFF), and in doing so, suggesting that Obama’s presidency lacks the policies of Clinton’s that proved so popular.
The idea of an Obama Clinton beef seems to be a Romney campaign trail invention, but it’s the kind of thing that preys upon an America that feels more divided than it ever has been. It has often been said lately that this is the first time people have markedly disagreed on what basic facts are true, rather than just disputing how to approach those issues.
But to suggest an Obama-Clinton beef is also a way to distance the president from frequent advisor and campaign trail pal Clinton, who presided over an era of relative peace and prosperity in the US. Romney tacks the quip onto the end of a laudatory bit about Clinton, which is kind of funny considering Republicans were cool even then with gridlocking the entire country over an act of fellatio.
Of the supposed Obama Clinton beef, Romney says:
“Almost a generation ago, Bill Clinton announced that the era of big government was over, even a former George McGovern campaign worker, like President Clinton, was signaling to his own party that Democrats should no longer try to govern by proposing a new program for every problem.”
“President Obama tucked away the Clinton doctrine in his large drawer of discarded ideas, along with transparency and bipartisanship… It’s enough to make you wonder if maybe it was a personal beef with the Clintons. Probably, it runs much deeper than that.”
On Romney’s remarks, Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith countered:
“Mitt Romney simply wants to return to the same policies that caused the crisis and weakened the middle class: budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and letting Wall Street write its own rules.”