Former President and "First Dude" wannabe Bill Clinton will be the marquee speaker at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night. But if the Democrats were smart, he wouldn't be on the speaking schedule at all.
Sure, a man who won two presidential elections rather comfortably and is still the most successful Democratic presidential candidate of the last 50 years would usually be a no-brainer as a keynote speaker. But here are three important reasons Mr. Clinton should stay in the VIP box:
1. The Democratic Party has passed him by. Bill Clinton ended a streak of three straight presidential election blowouts for the Democrats and even weathered an impeachment trial to finish his second term riding some of his strongest approval ratings of his political career. But so much for gratitude because so many of Clinton's signature achievements as president have been either ignored, trashed, or downright demonized by Democratic Party leaders and the rank and file over the past eight years.