Hillary Scrambles to Cover for Bill’s Unintentional Honesty

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They warned her from the beginning: there was a significant downside to putting former President Bill Clinton out on the campaign trail. Clinton, who brings with him a popular legacy among Democrats, also brings an airplane’s worth of baggage. Scandals, sexual or otherwise, have followed this man from his first days in Little Rock.

But there’s another danger inherent in the former president: he doesn’t always stick to the script.

That’s what has Hillary and her campaign spokespeople scrambling this week. In a speech in Spokane, Washington on Monday, Bill let the mask slip a little with some indirect criticism of Barack Obama.

“If you believe we can all rise together,” Clinton said, “If you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that when we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her because she’s the only person who basically had good ideas, will tell you how she’s going to pay for them, can be commander in chief, and is a proven change maker with Republicans and Democrats and independents alike.”

This is way off the target. Hillary has been running on a thinly-disguised “3rd Obama term” candidacy, and she has made a point of attacking Bernie Sanders for throwing even mild criticism at President Obama. Anyone paying the slightest attention to her campaign would know that she is avoiding anything and everything that might put her at odds with the president. Which makes it all the more remarkable that her husband would stray this far from the reservation.

Clinton aides were quick to assure the press that the former president was simply misunderstood.

“When Republicans controlled the White House, their trickle-down approach drove our economy to the brink of a collapse, said spokesman Angel Urena. “After President Obama was elected, Republicans made it their number one goal to block him at every turn. That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy, and the American people should reject it by electing Hillary Clinton to build on President Obama’s success so we can all grow and succeed together.”

Hillary’s campaign aide Brian Fallon backed that up, issuing a tweet that reinforced the usual narrative: “Sanders is the only Dem in race who actually attacks @POTUS.”

It’s not clear what’s stranger: Bill’s unexpected moment of honesty or Hillary’s transparent sycophancy. Shouldn’t a candidate running for president have the courage to disagree with the individual she hopes to replace? Once in a while? Voters can’t be this blind.

Okay, maybe they can.