One way of looking at an ex-president's role on the national stage is that he, free of the shackles of the White House, can say and do things that buttress his successor's policies. Another way of looking at it, in the case of Bill Clinton, is that what he says and does makes President Obama look weak by comparison.
The latest example comes as Clinton heads to Wisconsin to put his arm around the struggling Democratic candidate for governor, Tom Barrett. In contrast, the White House has been criticized for not going to the mat for Barrett and his liberal allies in the high-stakes election; in fact, Press Secretary Jay Carney the other day had to clarify that yes, in fact, the president does support the Milwaukee mayor.
Another likely irritation to the White House: Clinton threw cold water over one of the president's major line of attacks against Mitt Romney when he questioned the criticism of his record at Bain Capital.
If there was a thought bubble visible over the president's head, it might say, "Thanks Bill!" Read more
NATIONAL JOURNAL’S PRIMARY REPORT
Candidates Have College, Spicy Chicken and ‘Star Trek’ in Common
[New York Times, 6/3/12] In everything from their food preferences to their leadership styles, Romney and Obama have much in common.
Mike Leavitt, the Man Planning the Mitt Romney Presidency
[Politico, 6/3/12] Leavitt has been tapped to run Romney's transition process and is already shaping a possible Romney administration.
On Foreign Policy, Obama Focuses on Economic Issues, Not on Syrian Turmoil
[Washington Post, 6/2/12] Obama's doing his best Romney in his single-minded focus on the economy, refusing to address the unrest in Syria even after the recent massacre there.
Rick Perry on Obama's 2008 Election: 'Oops'
[ABC News, 6/2/12] Perry, speaking at the North Carolina Republican Convention, had no problem poking a bit of fun at himself, but his message was serious: Barack Obama has been a mistake.
At Wisconsin Tea Party Rally, Republicans Look To November
[BuzzFeed, 6/2/12] Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan appeared at this 1,000-strong rally in Wisconsin. "On Tuesday, we save Wisconsin," Ryan said. "On November 6th, Wisconsin saves America."
Ten Game Changers That Could Decide the 2012 Presidential Race
[The Hill, 6/3/12] A European financial meltdown, the Supreme Court striking down Obama's health care law, and a new terrorist attack are just a few of the possible events that could significantly change the path of the election in advance of November.
Would A Latino Running Mate Help Romney, Republicans?
[CNN, 6/2/12] Marco Rubio, Susanna Martinez and Brian Sandoval are all considered possible candidates for VP, but would Romney's choice of a Latino running-mate help him shore up a gap among Latino voters?
Losing Faith in Democrats' Religious Outreach
[Associated Press, 6/3/12] Though the DNC has launched a faith outreach effort, Obama and the Democrats may have squandered some of their goodwill with the religious community, making it difficult this year for Obama to gain headway and votes among that community.
Court's Ruling on Ariz. Immigration Law to Echo in November
[USA Today, 6/3/12] The Supreme Court will rule on the controversial Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, this month, and the Court's decision could alternately rile up the Democratic base or bring Republicans surging to the polls in protest.
California a Rich State for Obama and Romney
[L.A. Times, 6/3/12] Californians have already given $60 million to Romney and Obama, and so it's no surprise the two have made and are planning to make multiple fundraising stops along the coast.