Hillary to Sideline Attack Dog Bill

Ex-prez may have done irreparable harm
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 12:09 PM CST
Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., in Independence, Mo. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Hillary Clinton reels from her blowout defeat in South Carolina, Democrats worry that her husband's attacks on Barack Obama may have done irreparable harm to her candidacy—and her aides are preparing to push Bill toward the wings. Step 1 will be returning Bill Clinton to the sunnier presence on display before the Iowa caucuses, reports the New York Times.

"It looks like she either needs him to fight the big battles for her, or she can’t keep the big dog on the porch," says one observer. The ex-president's invoking of Jesse Jackson on Saturday didn't help. And reining him in may not suffice: Even notable Charles Rangel says the campaign has “become too much about his role.”