There was a lot of chat yesterday on television about the DNC convention and Bill Clinton. Hubby and I also chatted and guffawed at how both Bill and Hill will close the curtains on the voting booth and vote for Romney, and how they likely voted for McCain in 2008. Now we hear through a piece in The New Yorker, that Bill’s top adviser, Doug Band, has said he will vote for Romney to aid Hillary’s chances for a presidential bid in 2016. This morning on Fox News Democrat strategist Lanny Davis has been trying to knock-down the story. A Clinton confidante voting for Romney is not difficult to believe. By the time Obama has 4 more years, another Democrat won’t have a chance in heck to make it into the Oval Office.
For Clinton, the politics are more complicated. His associates take it as a given that he would like nothing more than to see his wife become President. Hillary Clinton will step down as Secretary of State after the campaign and begin the process of deciding whether she will run in 2016. By some measures, a defeat for Obama in November would leave Hillary the undisputed leader of her party and propel her toward the Oval Office that much faster. At least one of Clinton’s closest advisers seems to be backing that strategy. According to two people with direct knowledge, Douglas Band has said that he will vote for Romney. Band declined to comment. Source: The New Yorker
During Bill’s White House occupation, Band began as an intern (but my research finds nothing indicating he flipped his thong at The President). He apparently worked his way up in the Clinton administration with leaving stains on anything. Band is still with Clinton and serves as his closest confident.
Playing golf with Tiger Woods, sipping tea with the Queen of England and having dinner with Nelson Mandela are experiences most of us can only dream about. For English alumnus Doug Band, personal adviser to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, they’re perks of the job. But while he may have enjoyed having Paul McCartney sing to him on his 30th birthday, he keeps his ego in check, “Often I think people get caught up in positions like these and forget what this is all about: making a difference and helping people.”
In the same alumni article, Bill Clinton is quoted saying: “I couldn’t have done half of what I have done in my post-presidency without him.” Band is a native of Sarasota, Florida