Sometimes a slip of the tongue reveals more about a politician’s true intentions than a thousand lengthy speeches. So it was when Bill Clinton took the stage of an old theatre last week in the tiny town of Walterboro, South Carolina.
On the stump for his wife, Hillary, the former president looked every inch the old campaigner, with his broad smile and silvery hair. He smooth-talked the crowd of mostly white Democrats and lauded Hillary’s aims of securing middle-class prosperity and protecting the future of their children.
‘That is our domestic agenda,’ he said, letting loose the telltale ‘our’ that many think reveals his real role in Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman President in American history. And return her husband to the White House.
To the surprise of many Americans, but few Clinton experts, Bill Clinton has become an increasingly dominant force in the now brutal dogfight to become the Democratic nominee. He is spearheading a remarkable effort to boost his wife’s candidacy that has many gradually realizing that his influence on America has not lessened. He has toughened up her campaign, taking the fight to her chief rival Barack Obama.