Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bill Clinton Vs. John McCain

This is in response to the article The Return Of Clinton Futurism?. The article makes a direct correlation between the Bill Clinton presidency/Democratic control of Congress, to television and movies released during the 80's and 90's. Excellently written, for sure.

While the article relates to popular entertainment of the era, I've often wondered how the past few years of campaigning and the recent election might have fared if Bill Clinton had run again (instead of Hillary). Yes I know the 22nd Amendment prohibits that. But let's pretend for a few moments that's it's possible for a previously elected president to be reelected after sitting out for a term.

Now, let's also think back to some things that happened when Bill Clinton was president. There was Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, there was a white house staff member that was found dead - an apparent suicide. And just before he left office he facilitated the largest pardon in history. Allot of Americans were hopeful for change, and a restoration of normalcy to the White House and it's executive leader. Boy, were we in for a shock. We had no idea how bad things could get.

Fast forward to 2008. Bill Clinton is showing his face everywhere, first for his wife, then for Obama. So I beg the question, what if he had been running again John McCain? Certainly Bill Clinton would have mowed down any Democratic opponent during the primaries. But how would he have fared against John McCain?

John Crawford

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