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(960 posts)
Mon Apr 25, 2016, 06:35 PM Apr 2016

Bill Clinton cant stop screwing up: Why his latest broadside against millennials reveals an

underlying problem.

If the Clinton campaign is hoping to get young people out to vote for Hillary in November, it may want to start thinking about sidelining one of its most well-known surrogates: her husband.

Though still charming and well-liked after all these years, Bill Clinton has not been very helpful to his wife’s campaign thus far; if anything, he has caused more harm than good, with several ill-advised remarks that have alienated voters whom Hillary will be vying for in the months to come. The former president has recently gone on a defensive rant about his notorious crime bill, claiming that BLM protesters are “defending the people who kill the lives [they] say matter,” and has condescendingly joked that Bernie Sanders supporters think you can “shoot every third person on Wall Street and everything will be fine.”

On Thursday, he once again put his foot in his mouth, this time blaming young voters, who tend to support Sanders over Hillary, for current economic disparities. “The reason that there’s so much anxiety, intensity, anger, blame in this election is that 80 percent of the American people have not gotten a pay raise since the crash eight years ago, after inflation,” said Clinton, at a rally in Pennsylvania. A valid observation, but Bill just couldn’t help taking a swipe at all of those young voters who overwhelmingly support his wife’s opponent: “If all the young people who claim to be disillusioned now had voted in 2010, we wouldn’t have lost the Congress, and we’d probably have our incomes back.”

That’ll win over millennials!

Of course, it should be noted that a large percentage of today’s youth vote was not even eligible to vote in 2010, and many other groups also failed to turnout in large numbers. Moreover, the independent vote, which shifted to the right that year, was the most important contributor to the Republican rout.


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Bill Clinton cant stop screwing up: Why his latest broadside against millennials reveals an (Original Post) insta8er Apr 2016 OP
I think she would be better off if he just shut up n/t doc03 Apr 2016 #1
I agree, and I'm a Bernie supporter--he seriously seems jealous of her zazen Apr 2016 #2
I really think he has mental issues. n/t doc03 Apr 2016 #3
This is a serious concern if she gets into the White House. What does he have access to? Seeinghope Apr 2016 #9
"and wed probably have our incomes back" Uh, no. lumberjack_jeff Apr 2016 #4
K&R CharlotteVale Apr 2016 #5
and 1994? GreatGazoo Apr 2016 #6
Clintonism means making sure Republicans have control of the legislature / FlatBaroque Apr 2016 #10
they make the bread, we get the circus GreatGazoo Apr 2016 #11
I see Ronald Reagans early symptoms in play here. TheCowsCameHome Apr 2016 #7
I agree. 840high Apr 2016 #8
It does appear that way. Downwinder Apr 2016 #12


(2,978 posts)
2. I agree, and I'm a Bernie supporter--he seriously seems jealous of her
Mon Apr 25, 2016, 06:42 PM
Apr 2016

That's the vibe I get. I think he's subconsciously ambivalent about her success and really misses calling the shots, so he somehow manages to make himself the center of things over and over and over again.

Does it help my candidate? I guess. But I still wish he'd shut up because I don't like to see a smart woman (even one with whom I disagree vehemently) undermined by her husband.



(786 posts)
9. This is a serious concern if she gets into the White House. What does he have access to?
Mon Apr 25, 2016, 06:59 PM
Apr 2016

What can he do and what will he do? He knows a lot and is a smart man, maybe too smart of he is losing it. It really is a scary situation and nobody really seems to want to address it head on.



(33,224 posts)
4. "and wed probably have our incomes back" Uh, no.
Mon Apr 25, 2016, 06:46 PM
Apr 2016

More candidates that can pass the Clinton/Wasserman-Scultz litmus tests would not improve our situation meaningfully.


(3,937 posts)
6. and 1994?
Mon Apr 25, 2016, 06:51 PM
Apr 2016

the biggest disaster in Democratic party history. Was that the fault of Millennials too?

Forty years of Democratic dominance in the U.S. Congress came to a stunning end on November 8, when the Republican Party rode a tidal wave of anti-incumbent sentiment to victory in the midterm elections. The Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1954 as voters delivered a strong rejection of Pres. Bill Clinton and his policies. The Republicans picked up a net gain of 53 seats in the House of Representatives and 7 in the Senate. The last time such carnage had been seen in Congress was in 1958, when Republicans lost 48 House and 13 Senate seats. Moreover, the Republicans won a majority of congressional seats from the South for the first time since the Civil War.

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