Personally, I’m with Joe Conason. I don’t buy for a second that having Big Bill around is some sort of a negative for the Obama Administration. In fact, I think he has the potential to be one hell of an asset. The trick will be in using his gifts properly. For myself, I think the best bet would be to make him a special envoy to someplace where we’re in a hell of mess and tell him, “Work your magic.”
He wouldn’t be stepping on his wife’s shoes. She has a whole world to look after now. His role would be to work nearly fulltime for awhile trying to straighten out one particularly screwed up part of it.
And the good news is that after eight years of George W. Bush, there is no shortage of such places.
But isn’t there a risk he would outshine Obama? To be honest, this often repeated chestnut makes me chuckle. Folks, wake up and smell the political earthquake. No one — and I mean no one — is going to outshine Barack Obama.
So, what do you think? What should Bill Clinton’s role be now?