Can Clinton boost Clinton?

Former President Bill Clinton claps while First Lady Michelle Obama addresses delegates during the 2016 DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Monday.

Time to let the big dog hunt.

Let's agree convention week isn't so far a ton of fun for its soon-to-be nominee.

There's that large dose of email controversy - not hers, her party's - exposing a rigged primary process and firing up the Bernie "we was robbed!" Sanders folks.

There's tossing the party chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who likely now will be encouraged to stop yelling "I'm with her."

And CNN polling Monday showed a predictable bump for Trump but, worse for Hillary, a staggeringly high new she's-not-honest, she's-not-trustworthy number of 68 percent.

By comparison, 55 percent say Trump isn't honest or trustworthy.

Aren't we lucky to face such a choice?

But yikes, 68 percent! Who ya gonna call?

You know who.

She kept him deep in the wings during most of her campaign. She wishes he'd stayed there instead of holding a private chat with Attorney General Loretta Lynch while she was under investigation (is there another couple outside Hollywood that generates so much drama?).

But Hillary now hopes to get some help from the wild thing in her life.

When Bill Clinton takes to the Wells Fargo Center stage Tuesday, the thinking is he can begin a recovery effort to boost the bride.

Or not.

Some suggest he's lost the magic, is past his prime-time appeal.

Others point to 2012 when, as the first former president to deliver a nominating speech, he laid out a praised point-by-point argument to reelect Barack Obama.

And, look, then and now, Bill Clinton's approval ratings were and are higher than his party's candidate.

His ability to connect is political legend. The gravelly voice, the gaze, the measured stanzas. He's been called "the hoarse whisperer to the middle class."

Question is, did his time move on? Is this election interested in past success? Can he dissect and help dismiss an "untrustworthy" issue with another point-by-point address?

I sought out Pennsylvania voices.

"My hope is he'll talk about her life of service as an advocate, a lawyer, a public official," says Sen. Bob Casey. "Nobody can catalogue that valuation of her work as well as he can."

Gov. Wolf says, "For me, she is trustworthy. Look at her life. It's been about public service."

Well, and Whitewater, questions about the family foundation, her mega-buck speeches, her "careless" emails and her ability to dissemble to the point that when asked directly in a February CBS News interview if she's always told the truth her answer was, "I've always tried to."

Former Pennsylvania Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies who teaches at Penn and whose daughter-in-law, Chelsea Clinton, is to introduce mom Hillary on stage Thursday night, said Hillary's trust issues are partly gender-related.

"I think it's an aggregation of what they've been throwing at her for 25 years," Margolies said, "Part of it's misogyny, part of it's she's not Bill. . .but she is so ready for this job."

I'm convinced Hillary, who's survived so much (and maybe because she's survived so much) has an enthusiasm problem. For many, Clinton fatigue is real.

Clearly, the anti-Bernie emails, even though not her doing, hurt her. They play into negative narratives about career politicians.

But, look, it's her convention. Surely repair is coming this week.

She needs it. As Kat Richter, a freelance writer and Sanders delegate from South Philly told me, while she'll "most likely" vote for Clinton, Clinton's "not a candidate who inspires people to go to the polls."

But perhaps some talented orator, say a past president with party stature, can provide a big burst of inspiration soon.


baerj@phillynews.com

Blog: ph.ly/BaerGrowls

Columns: ph.ly/JohnBaer