With Obama sidelined by Hurricane Sandy, will Bill Clinton save the day?

The former president is filling in for the current president on the campaign trail while Obama confronts the mess left behind by Hurricane Sandy

Bill Clinton subs in for President Obama, who had to cancel due to superstorm Sandy, during a rally on Oct. 29 in Youngstown, Ohio.
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President Obama has gone into commander-in-chief mode to deal with Hurricane Sandy, taking him off the stump just when he was supposed to make his closing pitch ahead of next week's election. Now, Obama is counting on surrogates to pick up the slack, led by Joe Biden and Bill Clinton. The former president seems up to the task, slamming Mitt Romney on Monday, particularly the GOP nominee's claim that Chrysler is moving Jeep factory jobs from Ohio to China. That's "the biggest load of bull in the world," Clinton said, energizing crowds with some of the lines he used in his spirited defense of Obama's record during the Democratic convention. Is Obama actually better off staying out of the fray and looking presidential while Clinton makes a final spirited plea on his behalf?

Clinton could give Obama an advantage: Nobody is better at "drumming up excitement among party faithful and/or the media" than Bill Clinton, says Josh Voorhees at Slate. Romney will no doubt trot out his own allies to stand in as long as he "chooses to remain on the shelf because of Sandy," but Mitt lacks "a bold-faced name" capable of matching Clinton's star power. If "the hurricane turns the election's home stretch into a battle of surrogates," Team Obama will be very lucky to have Clinton on board.

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