October 5, 2016

Ripped From The Headlines: “Bill Goes Rogue,” “Sparks Furor”

Bill Clinton has not had a good year. Once lauded as the United States’ preeminent politician, it’s been clear for a while that the former president has lost his fastball. This week, it became clear he can’t even find the strike zone as Clinton’s now poor political skills led to a massive gaffe about Obamacare. While it’s certainly true that Obamacare is a massive disaster, the fact that Bill Clinton admitted that Obamacare’s harm is the “craziest thing in the world” did significant damage to Hillary Clinton’s credibility.

As Politico explains in a story about Clinton “going rogue” his Obamacare critique “may have more lasting consequences” than the average gaffe:

“Tuesday’s Bill Clinton gaffe may have more lasting consequences. The former president began with an off-script attack on Obama’s crowning, if teetering, legislative accomplishment – the Affordable Care Act – which his wife has defended and promised to improve. While praising the law for insuring millions of Americans eligible for Medicaid, Clinton questioned its usefulness for middle-class families and promoted his wife’s plan to allow people to buy into Medicare.”

The “lasting consequences” of Clinton’s Obamacare comment are plain to see in the sheer amount of coverage it has garner. Obamacare is collapsing around the country, and in Bill Clinton’s critical comments, voters are reminded that Hillary Clinton is still a strong supporter of Obamacare. See below for more critical headlines of Clinton’s comment:

NBC News: “Bill Clinton Attempts to Clarify Scathing Obamacare Comments

The Washington Times: “Bill Clinton bashes Obamacare as ‘crazy system’ on campaign trail

Bloomberg: “Bill Clinton Sparks Furor After Bashing ‘Crazy System’ Under Obamacare”

The Hill: “Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: ‘It’s the craziest thing in the world’

The Hill: “Bill Clinton goes way off message on ­ObamaCare”

Townhall: “Bill Clinton: Obamacare Is ‘The Craziest Thing In The World’

Politico: “Bill goes rogue again”

The New York Post: “Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare as ‘craziest thing in the world’

Fox News: “Dems turn on ObamaCare amid premium” hikes, Bill Clinton laments ‘crazy system’

The Los Angeles Times: “Bill Clinton on Obamacare: ‘the craziest thing in the world’

POLITICO: “Bill Clinton calls Obamacare ‘craziest thing in the world’