Former President Bill Clinton has been all over the place lately after rocking the house at the Democratic National Convention, energizing the base and making the most concise and compelling argument for re-electing President Obama in a public arena thus far.
Bill Clinton thinks it worked too — speaking on the subject on Fareed Zakaria GPS, Clinton said that he expects an Obama victory come November.
But that’s not the only thing Clinton thinks will happen come the election — he also believes that an impending Team Obama win will end the era of obstructionism we have been seeing in recent years (and saw to a degree during his presidency) and that after two consecutive trouncings and a failed bid to win over a majority of American voters, the GOP will be forced to bite the bullet and genuinely compromise again after years of refusing to negotiate.
“I expect the president to win and I think if he does, after this happens, then you will see the logjam beginning to break … I think it will strengthen the hand of, for example, Speaker Boehner, who would make an agreement if the most right wing of his caucus would let him.”
Clinton has in the past during Obama’s presidency spoken of Republican refusal to budge, saying that he would have forced the debt ceiling debate to a conclusion and forced Republicans to fight it in court. But Clinton is also optimistic that this party clash cannot exist at this level indefinitely, and he said on Face The Nation:
“I think you will see the gravitational forces on American politics pushing us toward an agreement on the budget and a number of other things … Something has to change so that both parties see they have more to gain from doing than not doing.”
Do you agree with Bill Clinton that this refusal to budge is hurting the American people?