Bill Clinton is running into a Granite wall. Stumping for Hillary's floundering campaign in the state that catapulted his own floundering 1992 campaign to the White House, the master politician is finding half-empty gyms and half-asleep crowds, reports the New York Times. Bill's turned down the wattage, to avoid upstaging his less charismatic wife, and the result isn't working crowds into a fervor.
The eternal conundrum—"What to do with Bill"—is still plaguing the campaign, the Times notes, as it did Al Gore's in 2000. Without the 1,000-megawatt smile, he may only serve to remind crowds of his baggage in an era of change. But, let Bill be Bill, aides say, and Hillary takes a backseat. Said one undecided: “I wish Bill were running again.”