The Biggest Hillary-as-VP Problem? Bill

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MSNBC is reporting that Bill Clinton is heading back to his Harlem office while Clinton makes the VP pitch. As Tom Brokaw said, “the former president really has become radioactive in a lot of ways.” There is his finances — his consulting fees, his speech fees, his donation fundraising, his businessmen pals. There is his philandering — a distraction again these last few days because of a gossipy Vanity Fair article. And there is his mouth — which is connected to a brain that seems to think it holds the answer to every question, and is allowed to expressed that answer at all times.

I honestly think the prospect of having Bill on the campaign trail and in the White House is the most problematic thing about bringing Hillary onto the ticket. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have had their differences in the past, and she’s said some things about him that Republicans will surely use, but that’s nothing two talented politicians can’t dance around. But you can’t send Bill on a world tour for eight years. And the Clintons aren’t getting divorced. Sooo… time to start looking for other choices.

Update: Adele Stan sees things the same way.

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