What's Bill Doing in This Picture?

Billary could become first woman* president, opines Politico scribe
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2007 11:25 AM CST
Former president Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y, at Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Once, Hillary Clinton wanted to keep Bill and his baggage tucked safely in the backseat. Now, as panic takes hold in Iowa, she's set him loose, the latest swerve in a "herky-jerky" campaign that has hopped from strategy to strategy, writes the Politico’s Elizabeth Drew in an analysis of the campaign that once looked "inevitable." If the first woman president needed her husband to win, does that deserve an asterisk?

Bill got the call when Hillary decided to run on her Clinton White House experience. That strategy followed her short-lived “change candidate” stint, her “inevitable juggernaut” positioning, and a half-dozen other shifts that have made her look increasingly shaky. Now, she’s relying on a checkered first lady resume, and her would-be first gentleman, to win over the 45%-50% of Americans who dislike her.