Mark Halperin: Bill, Hillary in Careful Dance on Obamacare

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 07:27 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The motivation for Bill Clinton's backhanded slap at President Barack Obama is unclear — and shows Hillary Clinton will need to monitor her husband's comments if she runs for president in 2016, says Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine.

"As much as the Clintons and the Obamas have now sort of become . . . one big super political family, it's still very difficult to get inside Bill Clinton's head," Halperin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

ObamaCare: You Can Win With The Facts

"Sometimes his public comments, as he did during the 2012 campaign, are intended to kind of push and prod and cajole in a way that he might not be able to do with direct contact," Halperin said Tuesday.

Story continues below video.



"But other times," he continued, "as much as he was a star in the 2012 campaign for the Democrats, he still can be a little rusty, he still can sometimes muse in public and in interviews in ways that can cause trouble."

Clinton's wife — the former first lady, secretary of state, and senator from New York who is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, should she want it — has to be aware of that, Halperin says.

"You can bet that Hillary Clinton today is thinking . . . boy, where does this leave us? Where does this leave me in terms of Obamacare?" he said.

"[That's] something that she'll have to navigate, as any Democrat will that runs for president in 2016."

Halperin — co-author with John Heilemann of the new book "Double Down: Game Change 2012," an insider's guide to the 2012 presidential election says Obama and Clinton have very different styles.

"[Obama] does not like the kind of back-slapping, log-rolling kind of nitty gritty of politics, hanging out with people. The opposite of Bill Clinton. The opposite of somebody like Lyndon Johnson," Halperin said.

"And it's left him, the way he chose to run for re-election, victorious but, to some extent so far, [with] a hollow victory where he doesn't have allies on either side of the aisle in Washington."

ObamaCare: You Can Win With The Facts


See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now
.



 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Obamacare About to Hit Every American

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:41 PM

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen says that every American is about to feel the effects of Obamacare when tax season hits in 2 . . .

FALN Victim's Son: Return 2 Cop Killers Living in Cuba to US

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:45 PM

Two cop killers brazenly living in Cuba must be returned to the United States now that new diplomatic relations have bee . . .

Gordon Chang: NKorea Didn't Act Alone in Cyberattack

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:58 PM

North Korea did not act alone in its devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, as President Barack Obama asserted on Fri . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved