On the New York Times op-ed page today, Garry Wills, the fine author and historian, comes out against a Clinton "duo" presidency. Among other things, he points out that a somewhat similar arrangement -- Bush/Cheney -- hasn't worked out so well. After looking at constitutional issues he concludes: "We have seen in this campaign how former President Clinton rushes to the defense of presidential candidate Clinton. Will that pattern of protection be continued into the new presidency, with not only his defending her but also her defending whatever he might do in his energetic way while she’s in office? It seems likely. And at a time when we should be trying to return to the single-executive system the Constitution prescribes, it does not seem to be a good idea to put another co-president in the White House."
Meanwhile, Colbert King in his op-ed at The Washington Post today also lays into the couple he calls "Billary," and wonders if they would have his and hers desks in the Oval Office. One sample: "To elect Obama would be to 'roll the dice,' sniffed the former president. When Bill Clinton ran for president in 1992, he was governor of a small state, had no foreign policy experience and didn't know how to salute. He got his on-the-job experience in the White House." Here's the link to the Garry Wills piece:
Saturday, January 26, 2008
If you loved Bush/Cheney you'll love Clinton/Clinton?
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