This one has been a tough one for me. Even the “pundits” can’t agree on this one. So I’ll throw it out to my friends at “The Nation”.
Do the Clintons help or hurt Obama’s election chances?
Love or hate the guy…he is still very popular among many Americans. (Some even think that HE should be the one running; but that’s another thread)!
I think that Bill Clinton, in “measured doses” and at Strategic Points (certainly at the Convention), helps. On the talk show circuit and “winging it”, Bill stumbles and actually hurts Obama (like he did Hillary).
This really depends on how Hillary, her people, and her supporters play this.
Hillary supporters feel really “stung” by the Primaries, and are feeling like its being assumed that they will “fall in line” and support Obama at the Convention.
I think Hillary “helps” if she can calm this developing storm and hurts if she fans the flames.
I also think that she is best in “measured doses” because with Hillary, there is no “gray zone” among voters. She is either loved or hated.