Bill Clinton, I am told, does not readily forgive slights. Perennial political gadfly Jerry Brown failed to endorse the Arkansas Democrat when the latter won the party’s 1992 presidential nomination and remained critical of his fellow partisan during the latter’s two terms as the nation’s chief executive.
So, why then did the spouse of the Secretary of State endorse Jerry Brown at a time when his campaign for California’s chief executive was flagging? Clinton wouldn’t have helped out a man who didn’t help him unless he had a good reason.
Ever the savvy politician, the former president was keeping his eye on the big picture. By helping Brown, he was helping Hillary. Now, the incoming governor of the (once-)Golden State, the nation’s largest and now “bluest”, is beholden to the Clintons. Should Hillary challenge Obama for their party’s nomination in 2012, Brown won’t be endorsing the incumbent president for reelection when the candidates are competing for California.
Bill Clinton wouldn’t have gone out of his way to help Jerry Brown if Hillary wasn’t planning on challenging Obama.