Idaho Democrats vs. (Bill) Clinton

Clinton, while campaigning in Indiana for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was quoted in national media as saying she would “bag” No Child Left Behind laws.”Every time I say this, it’s a guaranteed applause line,” he said. “You can drop me in the middle of Idaho where there’s not a Democrat in 200 miles and an elk would applaud me on that.”

Idaho Democrats called Clinton’s comments an insult. They said the state party is making a comeback – after suffering setbacks during Clinton’s two terms in office.

“If Bill Clinton had done for elk in Idaho everything he did for Democrats, we’d have far fewer elk,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Keith Roark – an uncommitted superdelegate – Wednesday morning.

Roark said his criticism is not directed at Hillary Clinton, but rather the former president, and his impact on the state party. In 1991, the year before Clinton became president, the two parties had equal seats in the state Senate. By 2001, they had just three of 35 seats.

This is the elephant in the room the media either doesn’t understand, or doesn’t want to tell you for fear of taking some excitement out of the race. Many superdelegates blame Bill Clinton for the Republican takeover of Congress and their large gains in state races around the country in the 1990’s, and many of them feel that the Clintons were never politically good for the party at large. Considering the superdelegates are members of Congress who have to run those down ticket races and DNC members looking out for the good of the party at large, there is genuine aversion to another Clinton Presidency.

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