|President Bill Clinton in Killeen TX, February 2008|
I remember quite well the run-up to the Texas Democratic primary in March 2008, in which Bill Clinton crisscrossed our huge state seemingly nonstop. The strategy was smart: Hillary could headline bigger events and remain the public face of the national campaign while he "quietly" (lesson learned from South Carolina) focused on winning votes in small to mid-sized cities that don't normally come close to seeing a national candidate...much less a former president...in person.
|Shaking every hand that wanted a shake|
I couldn't have been the only voter who left that event very impressed with the guy.
|Signing my vintage '92 campaign sticker...and everything else|
Texas might be largely off the national radar in 2016 (we shall see), but don't be surprised if a similarly relentless Bill-centric strategy reemerges to lock in votes well outside of the major metropolitan areas in states like Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina and Colorado.
Town by town and handshake by handshake, it can all add up to make a big difference in a national campaign...especially when it involves one of the greatest political minds of our time and the most admired president of the last 25 years.
Luckily, we probably won't be able to keep him away even if we tried.