Former U.S. President Bill Clinton offers many rewards and also risks; may be in equal or unequal measures to the U.S. presumptive Democratic nominee, his wife, Hilary Clinton’s political campaign . . .
Bill commands a very high popularity rating among Democrats and he is also an indispensable fundraising machine. Is Bill an advantage to his wife? Many political pundits and observers in America claim that Bill Clinton is one of the key assets in Hillary Clinton’s second campaign for the White House. Others say that Hilary’s main political and campaign asset is her husband, Bill.
However, there are times with inauspicious moments when the former president constitutes a risky asset rather than an incremental asset to Hilary. One of those inauspicious moments came in Phoenix airport, on the tarmac, inside a plane, the official plane of the U.S. Attorney General – who was in the throes of making a call, whether to indict Bill’s wife, Hilary, or not.
Bill Clinton crossed paths at the Phoenix airport with the U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Confirmed reports say that Bill happily popped inside her plane for a private chat, ignoring the fact that Lynch’s Justice Department is in the midst of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server during her time as secretary of state of the United States of America.
Was that move by Bill an ethical one? Was it an asset-laden move for Hilary, his wife, the presumptive Democratic nominee? Just many days away from a Democratic National Convention, where his wife will surely be crowned as the substantive candidate of the Democratic party. Was it a breach of ethical conduct unbecoming of an ex-president whose wife is running for the 132-room white mansion on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC?
While Lynch said her conversation with Bill was social and her FBI’s probe of Bill’s wife wasn’t discussed or featured in any way whatsoever, she nevertheless acknowledged on Friday that it “cast a shadow” on the public’s perception of the case. “I certainly wouldn’t do it again,” Lynch said of that meeting with Bill.
Despite the chance meeting between Bill and Loretta, many Americans, especially Democrats, argue that the benefits of Bill Clinton greatly outweigh the risks of Bill Clinton to his wife and the U.S. former First Lady – the American version of the British “Iron Lady”, if you ask me!
Not exactly soon after, Hillary (“Crooked Hilary”, à la her challenger, Donald Trump) gave a voluntary 3 1/2-hour interview to the FBI at its Washington headquarters on Saturday morning, the day after Lynch said that she intended to accept the findings and recommendations of career prosecutors (not appointed by President Barack Obama) who have spent months investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information during Hilary’s tenure at State Department as the U.S. Secretary of State – under President Barack Obama
Nevertheless, Bill is more of an advantage than a disadvantage to Hilary . . .
In this May 13, 2016, (photo, above) former President Bill Clinton speaks while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, N.J. His popularity among Democrats is off the charts, he’s a fundraising powerhouse and his administration is hailed by many as a high-water mark of economic prosperity. Without question, one of the key assets in Hillary Clinton’s second campaign for the White House is her husband, Bill. And yet, there are still times when the former president can step in it. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File).