They’re already clearing room under Obama’s bus for Bill Clinton, which makes some sense after he’s been undermining the failed president the past week. But if anyone’s been wondering why Clinton has been out there on the stump recently, this should explain it.
Not for nothing is Bill Clinton showing up for President Obama. Literally — not for nothing.
Clinton’s sudden appearances at Obama campaign events, including three in New York, where he dutifully bashed Mitt Romney, are paid performances. Instead of cash, payment comes in the form of Obama donors being squeezed to help Hillary Rodham Clinton pay down her 2008 campaign debt.
“Bill Clinton never walks away empty-handed,” said an Obama donor who confirmed the arrangement. “There’s always something in it for him.”
At last counting, Hillary Clinton still owes about $240,000, most of it to vendors, including her polling firm. The irony, of course, is that she ran up the tab trying to defeat Obama for the Democratic nomination, but, while serving as secretary of state, cannot participate in partisan politics.
So Bubba is a stand-in and, according to The New York Times, he’s also helping to raise money for an Obama super PAC.
Obama’s promise to help retire Clinton debts came after a negotiated deal, a necessity because there is some lingering bad blood. The key term is that only donors to the president who have maxed out in direct contributions of about $2,500 would be asked to kick in $2,300 to Clinton.