Even before Barack Obama’s captivating oration Wednesday night, Democrats on the were in total agreement that he should go all out for Hillary this fall.
Many brought up sopur memories of Al Gore in 2000 when he refused to call on outgoing President Bill Clinton to hit the campaign trail on his behalf.
This is often thought to be the reason Gore lost the razor-thin and much-disputed contest to George W. Bush.
I asked former Democratic National Chairman Don Fowler of South Carolina that very question. “Yes, it cost him the election,” Fowler replied, “And I am good friends with both of them. And I think I know why Al didn’t asked President Clinton for help. Al is a very idealistic person and, well, I thought he went too far in judging Bill Clinton," a clear reference to Gore’s fear at the time that revelations of Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern and 1998 impeachment trial made him damaged goods.
Fowler believes Obama should “absolutely” hit the stump for Clinton “for the integrity of the party. There’s no question about it. And he has to let the voters know if Trump wins, it will be a worldwide catastrophe. There will be divisions at home and his weird thinking will affect foreign policy — especially his suggestion that he does not support NATO.”
“Yes, President Obama should campaign hard for Hillary, as we all should,” Los Angeles “superlawyer” and noted feminist Gloria Allred said, “And for two major reasons: first, his legacy, which she would preserve as president. And second, he knows what an important role she played in his first Administration.”
Allred, who proudly told me she was “one of the few people who fought Donald Trump in court and won,” predicted Democratic nominee Cllinton would “welcome President Obama’s support 1000 per cent.”
City Councilwoman Tish Powell of Elgin, Illinois said she felt “sure President Obama will campaign heartily for her.”
Several Democrats also pointed out that the outgoing President stumping for his party’s nominee is usually quite helpful. In contrast to Gore and Clinton, Vice President George H.W. Bush eagerly sought and received assistance from President Ronald Reagan in his 1988 bid to succeed him. Bush won easily.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
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