If the administration is hoping to rally Democrats around the country to support health care reform (er, excuse me, health insurance reform), maybe it ought to enlist Bill Clinton for big town halls. His most recent junket went pretty well.
Yes, yes, I know, I know: he’s undisciplined, he’s off message, he’ll step on Obama’s toes, yadda yadda yadda. Maybe that’s what the White House wanted to see about the North Korea trip. Clinton did pretty well. And no; this won’t remind anyone of 1993: the press is already talking about 1993, and no one else really cares.
There’s only one political figure in the nation with greater drawing power than Clinton, and for some reason he has decided to be a shrinking violet in the Rose Garden (if that’s possible — can you be a violet in a rose garden?). And consider the metaphysical possibilities. The heads of the right-wing nutcases have already exploded over a very centrist health care plan: can they explode again within a matter of days?
Get the Big Dog out there.