You must divorce Bill right after the election. Don’t even think twice about it; don’t hesitate. Just do it! You know it’s the right thing to do.
Cynical, yes, but the American people will understand
If you win the Presidency, you don’t need him anymore. If you lose the Presidency, you clearly won’t need him anymore.
If you are elected, you cannot afford to have him in the same room, The White House, Washington, D. C., or even anyway in America. Harlem cannot contain him. Even if you appoint him Ambassador to Kazakhstan, he’s still here. Just like Jack Nicholson in The Shining: “He’s baaaaack.”
Give him the house in Chappaqua. You have the White House. Let him have the Presidential Library in Little Rock. You have the Presidency. Give him the office in Harlem; just keep him out of the Oval Office. You can never be truly liberated until you liberate Bill. Let Election Day become Independence Day as you Free Willy.
You know that if he comes anyway near your Presidency, he will suck the oxygen out of the air. He cannot control himself. Bill Clinton is a lovable, irrepressible, egomaniacal lothario. They once said: “Let Reagan Be Reagan.” Never “Let Bill be Bill”, or he most assuredly will embarrass you and your Presidency. His mere presence will serve as a dangerous distraction.
Any indication of a co-Presidency will doom yours. As a symbol to the women of America, you must stand tall in your own right.
Don’t worry about the reaction. Most women will approve your dumping the scoundrel who betrayed and humiliated you too many times.
You must establish yourself as a strong, decisive President. Reagan did it by firing the air traffic controllers. You can do it by dumping Bill right after the election.
That’s if you win the election. Your problem in November is Chronic Clinton Fatigue Syndrome. While some of it is directed at you, the reality is that your husband hurt you in Iowa and South Carolina.
I had lunch a few days ago with five women. Two were liberal Democrats and two Republicans. The two Democrats said they could not support you. The reason was Bill. The ABC’s of politics came into view: “Anyone but Clinton.”
His presence might be your biggest handicap in November. The public, rightly or wrongly, currently wants a change from Bush, but that does not mean they want a Clinton Restoration.
You know that while Bill was the first full two-term, albeit not two-timing, Democrat President since FDR, he never won the popular vote in either election.
Al Gore ran an excellent campaign in 2000, but we know that his candidacy was doomed by the specter of Clinton. It wasn’t Florida, the Supreme Court, Tennessee, West Virginia, or Elian Gonzalez, that cost Gore the Presidency. It was your husband. He could do it again – this time to you.
In a 60 Minutes interview in 1992 you said “I’m not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.” You stood by him in raising Chelsea and through all the Bimbo eruptions. You helped him achieve the Presidency. You experienced the World and the World Stage. Now it’s your turn to fulfill the destiny you laid out at Wellesley.
You don’t need him. Give Bill the walking papers after the election.