On The View today, Bill Clinton continued his stealth campaign to sabotage the GOP primary by praising RomneyCare, and talking up the ideas of Newt Gingrich.
Here is the video from ABC:
When Clinton was asked about Gingrich’s claim that Obama is the food stamp president he answered, “Newt can turn a phrase. He says Obama is ‘the food stamp president. I want to be the paycheck president.’ It’s a great line. And the problem with great lines is sometimes they stop you from thinking.”
Clinton was asked whether Gingrich would be the nominee and president, and he answered, “I don’t know. I don’t know enough about their deal. I think Romney. I think the best thing Romney did in Massachusetts was the health care plan, and there’s a big article on it yesterday which pointed out inflation and health care costs have gone up less in Massachusetts than in the country as a whole since they adopted it. They cover everybody. Life expectancy is longer, the health indexes are better in Massachuettes, so now he’s sort of got to disavow it to get the nomination.”
Later President Clinton praised Newt Gingrich’s position on immigration, “Gingrich will come up with. He has some really good ideas. You know he was the one Republican who didn’t just melt in the tank on this immigration issue in the last debate. He had the best idea. Then the next day comes out and says he wants to be able to fire all the federal judges when they make decisions he doesn’t like. Wouldn’t we all, but I mean that’s not the Constitution.”
It is not a coincidence that former President Clinton has been using his media appearances to promote his new book to bring up the policy positions of the two GOP frontrunners that make Republican primary voters the most nervous. Clinton’s long answer on the virtues of RomneyCare is the last thing that the Romney campaign wanted to hear on a national morning television show.
This isn’t the first time that Clinton has helped to shape the Republican primary. He heaped praise on Newt Gingrich during an interview with Newsmax. President Clinton is engaging in a very subtle stealth campaign to help Republican voters select their nominee. GOP primary voters still loathe the Clintons, so the former President’s praise of RomneyCare only serves to confirm their suspicious about the true nature and depth of Mitt Romney’s conservatism.
Every time Clinton brings up and praises RomneyCare he is tossing another shovel full of dirt on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
What we are watching is a master at work. Former President Clinton understands how to use the media, and the fact that when he talks the press is going to listen.
President Clinton, in finest Machiavellian fashion, is doing all that he can to make sure that Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee, and President Obama wins a second term.