Monday, May 5, 2008

"Designated Ambassador to the Smaller Parts of the Country"

That's the title Bill Clinton has given himself as he campaigns in places like Zebulon, Morganton, and New Bern, North Carolina, even as Hillary campaigns in the more populous Cary and Greenville. Read the New York Times story by Adam Nagourney here. He speculates that Clinton may have gotten his "campaign groove back" because of where he's campaigning:

One explanation is rooted in where Mr. Clinton is spending his time: 21 small communities in North Carolina and Indiana between Saturday morning and Monday night. Mr. Clinton spoke wryly about the “big East Coast writer” who had suggested that Mr. Clinton had been relegated by his wife’s campaign to the boonies.

“I love it here,” he said.

The truth is that some of Mr. Clinton’s best moments in 1992 were on bus tours that brought him to small towns and villages where people lined the street to see a potential future president, much the way they were lined outside the high school waiting to see him here.

Seems plausible. The man from Hope and all that. I wonder if his Arkansas accent has made a come back, too.

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