Thursday, October 30, 2008

Barack and Bill

Political Wire: John Heilemann explains why, despite last night's joint appearance in Florida, Sen. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have no real relationship -- and why Obama wants it that way.

"People close to Clinton say that this baffles him, and pains him even more. And it's not hard to understand why. In Obama, he sees someone creating a new incarnation of the Democratic Party, one that has precious little to do with the version that Clinton fashioned... He sees himself being eclipsed. If Obama demonstrated that he needs Clinton's counsel, everything between them would be different. But Obama manifestly doesn't believe he does, and he refuses to pretend otherwise. One late-night campaign appearance, however professionally executed, doesn't change that. Maybe occupying the Oval Office will."

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