A British conservative wants Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States, for one overwhelming reason — Bill Clinton.
Writing in The Telegraph in Britain, Boris Johnson — one of the Conservative Party’s most illustrious members of parliament — at first questions how he could support Hillary, citing her desire to raise taxes and “nationalize things” and describing her “steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”
He also recalls the “funny goings-on” with the White House travel office during Hillary’s term as first lady, and cites the reporting Ambrose Evans-Pritchard who exposed the “anomalies in the position of poor Vince Foster’s gun” and other aspects of the Whitewater real estate scandal.
Johnson acknowledges that opting for Hillary means passing over other good candidates, including the “plainly brilliant” Barack Obama, the “chap who acted in ‘The Hunt for Red October’ [Fred Thompson],” and “above all” Rudy Giuliani.
Johnson, former editor of The Spectator, writes: “But with the deepest respect to Rudy, he has one disadvantage over Hillary. Unless I am much mistaken, the Clinton marriage is still standing, a shell-scarred monument to the triumph of hope over experience; and the nub of the matter is that I am prepared to pay the price of supporting Hillary just to get Bill Clinton once again padding over the shag pile carpet of the Oval Office, even if it is only to bring his wife a cup of tea.”
Harkening back to the Clinton administration, Johnson describes a period when it was possible “to support America exuberantly and unashamedly, and part of the reason was that the presidency was held by a man of high intelligence and terrific political skill.”
Johnson contrasts that with the Bush administration, the “years of tough-guy stuff from the Neocons,” the saber-rattling against Iran and Syria, the “supreme hash of America’s response to 9/11,” Bush’s “mission accomplished” announcement, and his “cloth-eared” call for a “crusade.”
Johnson opines that with Bill Clinton at Hillary’s side in the White House, “America is less likely to do something rash and counterproductive.”
He concludes: “For all who love America, it is time to think of supporting Hillary, not because we necessarily want her for herself but because we want Bill in the role of first husband. And if Bill can deal with Hillary, he can surely deal with any global crisis.”
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