June 7th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Analysis: What's next for Bill Clinton?

Former President Clinton watches his wife announce that she is suspending her campaign Saturday.

Former President Clinton watches his wife announce that she is suspending her campaign Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What a long, strange, unhappy trip it's been for Bill Clinton.

When Sen. Hillary Clinton officially launched her drive for the White House 17 months ago, the former president's possibilities seemed endless. His wife's nomination by many of the party faithful was seen as a virtual certainty.

When the Clintons moved back into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the political world would once again be Bill Clinton's oyster. Maybe even a co-presidency.

Perhaps he would get another crack at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some even speculated that he would follow in the footsteps of William Howard Taft and become the second ex-president to serve on the Supreme Court.

Suddenly many of those possibilities are gone, or at least significantly reduced. The 42nd president's reputation as a master politician and respected elder statesman has been damaged. Some Clinton partisans are privately grumbling that he helped sink his wife's presidential campaign.

How did this happen? How did it all go so wrong for the man who almost single-handedly led the Democrats out of the political wilderness 16 years ago?

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  1. SS

    I have such a new found respect for the Clintons after Hillary's speech. I could feel the strength and courage it took to make this speech. What a beautiful woman!

    Hillary Clinton's is a ROCK STAR!....W007, W007!!!

    Obama 09 YAY!!!

    June 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Marlie:

    What's wrong with Obama golfing today. It was her day and he let her have it. That's more than she did for him.

    June 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. he will vote

    Well... I hope he does not go on to vote for Obama.

    June 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Netty

    I was never an admirer of Bill C – right from the beginning, there was something that I sensed about his character that bothered me. That was way before the Clinton scandals came out. Even though the overall economy was good , I believe the seeds were sown during his term for what was to come: NAFTA, China as Most Fav. Nation, etc. As for his part in Hillary's campaign, I was unable to hear his praise for a wife that he had disrespected so horribly. His "two for one" comment early in the campaign was scary ! I cringed at the hugs and affection he tried to portray when they appear together. Even after her Sat. speech, she turned her head aside when he tried to kiss her. Who needs a disfunctional couple in the White House?

    June 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Yes

    planted the seed of doubt.

    reap the harvest

    America is ready for change.

    Obama/ Nunn 08-16.

    yes we will

    June 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. He will rest up

    He will rest and get ready for 4 years from now when Hillary runs again.

    June 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Alex B.


    June 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Chipster

    martin: this same post has appeared on multiple ticker topics. Repeating it over and over doesn't fool any of us Clinton supporters. We would never vote for McCain. He stands for everything we oppose. That's why we supported Hillary!

    Republicans can pretend to be Clinton supporters and criticize Obama for playing golf – seriously, if the man gets a break, he should take advantage of it and relax a bit. It wouldn't help Hillary for him to sit home instead of playing 18. Get over it.

    Clinton supporters will not support McCain if they care about the issues that are important to her.

    June 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. White man from Penn

    I cant believe cnn.

    Who cares about Nas coming out with a new street album trying to exploit Obama's presidency.

    To NAS: WE don't care, take your trash back to the garbage disposal.
    I like Obama but hate when people try to profit off of him. Nas if you want to help, get a new career which is productive.

    You are such a clown.
    Middle age white man from Penn. for obama.

    June 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Clinton Supporter


    Your Iraq credentials mean only that you took a salary to fight. For what? Oil, of course. You volunteers are avoiding finishing school because you think you can make it with no education and school requires self discipline. Join the military, and they'll impose discipline for you. Or you're looking for a job. No one strapped you in, pal.

    Fought in Iraq? Get over it.

    June 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. who cares

    His wife is the future.

    I love them both.

    June 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Anna

    JOHN MCCAIN is a true patriot! When he is president I will not have to worry about him selling our country to our enemies like the Liberation Theology son is so ready to do!!!

    MCCAIN 08

    June 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Tom

    Who cares whether Obama liked the speech – she said what she had to say to get, hopefully finally, everyone off her back while still maintaining all of her delegates so she can step in when it all blows up in his face. With that in mind, what's next for Bill Clinton is to settle into his new role as "first man".

    June 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Roger

    Totally sexist post. It is sad that attitudes like this has ruined our country.

    June 7, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. NO Clinton vp

    I used to think Bill great but after Clinton policy with their very negative comments about everything that is near / dear to the rest of population they could evaporate and never miss them only to remember all the hate and personal untrue attacks .
    To fight this way hoping to win you are on the wrong course go find something else to do we have enough problems to solve that are inportant to our human existance without going negative.
    I got very tired hearing their slams.

    June 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. darren

    the media isn't tearing Bill Clinton down he did it himself, when he ran for president he was the Media darling just as you are accusing Obama of being so please go somewhere with that crap.

    He's the unfaithful husband who disrespected his wife and the presidency, he is the delusional lunatic who thinks everyone is against his wife.....

    he did do great as presidency but his appeal has plummeted and his true colors have shown

    Obama will be a way better President, hes simply a better man, deal with it!!

    June 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. USAF Ret


    I agree with almost everything you said. I don't think Senator McCain is a communist plant, but I do think he is still suffering mentally from his POW time and that is why he raves on "Iwill not surrender." I do think a trip to the VA hospital for a mental exam is in order.

    As far as the Senator Clinton supporters that claimed to believe in her issues–which also almost mirrored Senator Obama's issues–but will vote for Senator McCain before they will vote for Senator Obama I can only come to believe: one, they are racist or two, they are spoiled brats that now want to take their basketball and go home because she didn't get the nomination.

    Having said that, I want to also say to the Senator Obama supporters: stop the Senator Clinton attacks. At this point there are no Senator Clinton or Senator Obama camps, only an American camp Senator Obama's name just happens to be on the ticket–it could have just as well be Senator Clinton's name on the ticket. Let's get our act together so we can get our troops home, fix this economy, fix health care, fix school isssues, get jobs for people, etc.

    June 7, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Barack Supporters,

    Please, just ignore the numerous Hillary supporters' threats. Just ignore them. These people would have NEVER voted for Barack for the obvious reason!

    Barack is going to win the Presidency because he is experienced in all of the ways that count! His Judgement is right on. for every Hillary supporter (so they claim) who "threaten" to vote McCain, Barack will get two more supporters. Barack will win so many Independents, and Evangelicans, in addition to the "True" Hillary supporters (who will be respecting her request to vote for Barack) add these to all of Barack's own supporters, and I predict that he will beat McCain by a landslide!

    So again don't let these so-called Hillary supporters threaten you, just ignore them. I would not be surprised that yet again these naysayers may very well be John McCain's supporters trying to muddy the waters!

    June 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Mario

    Wholeheartledly agree with Jermaine. Very good and truthful comments about the Hillary supporters. Its actually quite sad how they'll overlook all the obvious FACTS of how Obama won just because BILLARY didnt win. There still part of the same party and same movement for change just different types. Voting for McCain? yeah real sensible and mature if your reason is simply because Hillary lost.

    June 7, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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