Big Media's sure been talking up Bill Clinton's appearance at a Kerry rally in Philadelphia today. The idea is that his mere presence will be enough to move the Democratic base there and everywhere to go out and vote for Kerry. But isn't that condescending?
I was pleased to see that old Bill is up and around again. He looks great and I wish him the best of health. But how is his personal popularity transferrable to Kerry? I don't see that at all. All I saw was a political genius (and that's what Clinton is, notwithstanding my disrespect for his personal character and poor judgement in foreign policy) making a personal appearance at which John Kerry was incidental.
Bill Clinton certainly doesn't want to see Kerry win. His greatest desire is to see Hillary take her shot at the title in 2008. Who doubts that her candidacy would be a major part of Clinton's legacy?
Clinton cannot magically make people forget what a lame ass candidate Kerry really is, but I'll give Kerry political credit for using Clinton when Gore refused to. Of course, that's slightly hypocritical of me since it was Gore's refusal to disavow Clinton during the Impeachment that figured greatly into my own refusal to vote for him in 2000 but, as a political move, it's the smartest thing he can do.
So long as Clinton doesn't overshadow the poor bastard along the way.