From the Washington Post's campaign diary The Trail:
About thirty minutes into Bill Clinton's nearly two-hour stop here at Dartmouth College, a steady stream of students started walking out of the venue. . . .The entire article’s here. Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.
"I am not anti-Hillary, I am not anti-Clinton, I love Bill Clinton. But I just think we need a fresh start, a new face," Ramirez told The Trail. "All my life I've known the Clintons. As much as I like them, it's time for someone like Barack."
Friends Allie Landers, Jenna Smith and Marina Galkina echoed Ramirez. The three stopped by to get a glimpse of Clinton. But they headed for the doors just a few minutes after they got there. They're Obama supporters.
"I think it's really hard that you're campaigning for change -- Clinton's been using that word a lot too -- when, if you were elected, then the past presidents would be Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton," said Landers, 21.
Added Smith, also 21: "I'm from New York. I think Hillary has done a good job as a senator, but it was just her stepping stone. And, for some reason, for whatever reason, I just don't like her."
The girls headed to the food court for dinner.
Monday in The Clinton Rocks I mentioned a friend’s account of what happened a few years ago when the former president spoke at a national trade association convention where an SRO crowd was expected. The hall was only two-thirds full and people slipped out during Clinton’s speech.
My friend said convention goers who didn't attend Clinton’s speech said things that amounted to "I've been listening to him for years." Many acknowledged being Clinton admirers but passed on what they viewed as "same old, same old."
Let’s keep our eyes out for how effective Bill Clinton will be on Sen. Clinton’s behalf in South Carolina where Sen. Obama is Hillary’s principal opponent.
African-Americans have been Bill Clinton’s most reliable and enthusiastic supporters and make up about half the Palmetto State’s Democratic voters.
Bill Clinton is going to face many audiences there in which most of the African-Americans will be Obama supporters. They may also, like those Dartmouth students and my friend's convention colleagues have "Bill Clinton fatigue," a condition I developed sometime in early 1993.
The SC Democratic primary is Jan. 26, two weeks from Saturday.
It should be an interesting few weeks.