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  • OBAMA CAN WIN: Bill Clinton says the Republican primary will help

Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times makes the case that Barack Obama isn’t as bad as all that.


You can check the successes he rounds up, but I focused on practical politics and Bill Clinton’s assessment.

“I’ll be surprised if he’s not re-elected,” Clinton said, adding that Obama would do better when matched against a specific opponent like Romney.

Clinton said that Romney did “a very good job” as governor of Massachusetts and would be a credible general election candidate. But Clinton added that Romney or any Republican nominee would be hampered by “a political environment in the Republican primary that basically means you can’t be authentic unless you’ve got a single-digit I.Q.”

If only Obama could synthesize and articulate as well as his most recent Democratic predecessor.