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Posted by on Jan 26, 2008 in Politics | 1 comment

Bill: Asset or Liability?

Just in time for today’s primary, Watching is featuring this piece from one of the best U.S.-watchers who writes for the Netherlands’ Elsevier newspaper.

A couple of interesting observations from the piece.

In her book, “For Love of Politics,” Sally Bedell Smith describes the Clinton’s as a major enterprise, with Hillary currently as chairman and Bill as the head of the Supervisory Board . They regard the emergence of Barack Obama somewhat like a shareholders revolt that drives the top of the enterprise mad.

Although the relationship between a man and his wife is different from that between a son and his father, it still must be said that the first president George H. W. Bush—himself defeated by Clinton in 1992—handled it in a different way. When his son George W. in the year 2000 challenged Gore, father Bush, with the aristocratic style of a real New Englander, kept far away from the battle area.

Read the whole article, translated from Dutch, on

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