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Power-pair Clintons Still Dominate Democratic Party

Sunday, 22 June 2003 12:00 AM

For some Democrats the team of Bill and Hillary Clinton is the unwelcome Washington phenomenon that won't go away.

But many others, however, are embracing the couple as still the hottest ticket in town and as the main fundraising engine of the party, the paper says.

For those that would just as soon see the pair finally fade from the political landscape, there is fresh ammunition in the form of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee survey of Democratic leaning voters indicating that thirty months out of the White House is not long enough to fade an image of the former president as "immoral, smooth, crooked" and dishonest – with Hillary saddled with the tag of "opportunist."

On the other side of the coin are those that have no qualms about tapping the pair for the glamour appeal that brings in the cash to the political coffers. Case-in-point, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call writes that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has Hillary set for double-duty, hosting perhaps seven Democratic fundraisers before August – taking advantage of her travels while promoting "Living History."

The DSCC will soon have the former president plugging away as well, according to the Post. The committee chairman, Sen. Jon. S. Corzine, D-N.J., says Mr. Clinton "will be very helpful," adding that the pair is building an extension of the influence machine they created during "their days in the White House."

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is featuring a fund raising plea signed by the former president. Furthermore, DCCC Chairman Robert T. Matsui is hopeful that Mr. Clinton will get on the fund raising bandwagon for a whole shopping list of House seats the Democrats are seeking in 2004.

Beyond the dollars, Mr. Clinton has been advising presidential candidates and Hill leaders on strategies, reportedly speaking frequently with Democratic National Committee Chairman Terence McAuliffe. "They smartly call for advice," McAuliffe told the Post.

Hillary is in on the advice circuit as well, being reportedly a central figure in creating the American Majority Institute, an influential think tank that is the brainchild of John D. Podesta, a chief of staff in the Clinton White House.

Having run as a Democratic Leadership Council candidate, the former president and Hillary continue a strong affiliation with the politically centrist organization, which is headed by Bruce Reed, Clinton's former director of domestic policy. The DLC features the "Progress and Prosperity Project," which advertises its mission as "developing the next generation of New Democratic ideas," according to the Post report.

A good measure of the former First Couple's remarkable resilience is owing to nostalgia for the prosperous years that hallmarked Bill Clinton's second term, concludes the report. "The farther away we get from the [Clinton] presidency, the more the focus is on the substantive accomplishments," said Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., D-Tenn. "It's getting far easier to not only associate with, but embrace the former president and the senator."

Even some Republican leaders broach the opinion that the Clintons' various scandals have retreated in some areas of the national memory. "In time, things fade," said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, R-Va. "Senator Clinton has done a very good job of rehabilitating them."

Faded or not, the allure of the couple who can rake in a half-million dollars a crack for dinners at their D.C. digs remains apparently irresistible and perhaps inevitable. According to the Post, the tens-of-millions that will be raised to highlight the 2004 Democratic nominee will bear at least Bill Clinton's stamp. Harold Ickes, a former political aide in the Clinton White House, is in charge of what he calls the "media fund," a pot that Bill Clinton will certainly help fill. As a sitting senator, however, Hillary cannot directly aid Ickes.

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