Despite West Wing misgivings, Bill Clinton will introduce President Empty Chair at the DNC on Thursday night. Edward Klein goes behind the scenes:
My sources inside the Obama campaign tell me that the last thing Obama wanted to see was Clinton, one of the country’s greatest orators, standing at the podium of the Democratic convention and sucking all the air out of the place.
The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their senior political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, all argued strenuously against offering Clinton a plum assignment at the convention. They wanted to relegate him to a minor, non-prime-time speaking role. However, Clinton, who is viewed as an iconic figure by the party faithful, refused to accept anything less than the all-important nominating speech and threatened to boycott the convention unless his demands were met.
The decisive vote in the matter, according to my sources, was cast by David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist, who argued that the Obamas needed Clinton far more than Clinton needed them. Axelrod had long been aware that things were not going as well for Obama as the mainstream media reported. [Emphasis added]
Forget everything else you hear about this campaign. Forget the polls, forget the primetime MSM analysis, forget the talking points on the Sunday shows. It’s all a bunch of BS.
The only thing that’s real, the only thing that counts, is that thing David Axelrod knows: President Empty Chair is in serious electoral doo-doo. Come to think of it, everybody knows it. Which is exactly why you need to forget everything else and focus on this: Empty Chair is running scared, and the MSM is covering for him in every way they know how.