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Posted: December 10, 2010 11:26 PM

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" Friday evening to discuss former president Bill Clinton's surprise appearance at President Barack Obama's press conference Friday, and the return of Clinton-era personnel to a central role in White House policymaking.

"They came to the fore in the last week or so in terms of handling this tax thing," Fineman told host Chris Matthews. "They knew they could sell it to Republicans because it involved cutting taxes."

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