Joe Klein was given a tour of Hot Springs, Arkansas by Bill Clinton’s mother in 1991. This is where Bill Clinton and his family grew up. Bill Clinton was running for the Presidency at this time.
Joe was traveling with the Clinton Campaign covering the campaign for Time Magazine. Clinton’s mom explained to Joe how she attended AA meetings at a local church as both her former husband and her son, Roger, were both drug addicts and alcoholics.This message of a man who had come from a small town, meager upbringing and a trouble family life became Bill Clinton’s persona at a candidate. When Clinton was running the term “New Democrat” was becoming popular. This was meant to be a new identity for the Democratic Party who was falling apart after a landslide victory by Ronald Regan in the 80’s.The “New Democrat” term was for an economically conservative faction of the party and they had begun to rebuild the party based on this idea.Candidate Clinton grabbed onto that term and made it mean “anyone who might vote for him.
”The Democratic establishment did not like him twisting this title away from what they originally intended. The state of the Democratic Party in the 80’s was, simply, unfocused.The “moderates” were slaves to the special interest groups they represented – feminists, minorities, environmentalists and trade unions – and they suffered from a near-absolute belief in the immorality of almost every sort of American military activity abroad in the post-Vietnam era.All of these special interest groups were fighting for control of the party.
Clinton took a lot of beatings throughout the primaries.He was “the world’s biggest, fattest target but somehow managed to keep himself impervious to assault.”(p. 28) Clinton was coming off as “cool” to the American public. He was a Baby-Boomer and portrayed himself as a much more updated option to the much older George H.
W. Bush.The Ameri…