“I think the fact of the matter is that Sen. Clinton is claiming basically the entire eight years of the Clinton presidency as her own, except for the stuff that didn’t work out, in which case she says she has nothing to do with it. There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in her and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle, if there were issues. On the other had, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States Senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done.” — Barack Obama
“If a CEO of a fortune 500 company were to retire, would anyone seriously consider his wife to be an adequate replacement simply because she was married to him when he ran the company? What about a Super Bowl winning football team? What do you think the reaction of their fans would be if their coach’s wife was being seriously discussed as his replacement?
It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet, Hillary Clinton has practically been anointed by the press and the punditocracy as our next President, despite the fact that her run at the presidency is almost entirely based on being Bill Clinton’s wife.” — John Hawkins, in my Townhall column from Nov 16, Does Marrying Bill Clinton Qualify Someone To Be President?
That column was the 2nd most forwarded article on Townhall that week and it got picked up all over the place. So, what do you think? Did it influence Obama to take that line of attack against Hillary? I’ll probably never know.
That’s one of the curses of bloggerdom. You see political campaigns and big name columnists talking about the same things you’ve talked about, in the same way, but you almost never get to find out if it’s coincidence or if you gave them the idea.