For Bill and Hillary Clinton the only things that are inevitable are taxes, death and the next political campaign.
In an excerpt published Sunday by the New York Post, Bill Clinton outlines his wife’s strategy for reclaiming the White House in 2016 – and it includes putting as much distance as possible between herself and the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“You’ve got to hit hard at the Obama record,” author Edward Klein quotes Bill Clinton telling his wife in spring of 2013. “Your administration would be a third Clinton term, not a third Obama term. We have to be very harsh, because the voters are turning on him like a bad dog, and we have to do the same.”
But it also included making sure Hillary gets the benefit of the national spotlight that’s sure to burn hot on her if the inevitable happens to Bill Clinton before the 2016 primary season.
“Obviously, you have to have a big state funeral for me, with as much pomp and circumstance as possible,” Bill Clinton says in the excerpt. “I’m thinking maybe I should be buried at Arlington [National Cemetery] rather than at my library in Little Rock. After all, I was commander in chief for eight years and have every right to be buried at Arlington …”
“When I’m gone, people will think only of my good points and forgive, if not forget, the bad. I’ll be remembered in a positive light more in death than I was in life. That always happens. Everybody knows that. So you’ll have to take maximum advantage of my death …”
“It should be worth a couple of million votes.”
No matter what you think of his morals or his politics, you’ve got to admit, the man looks ahead.
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