Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Wish I'd thought of that one

The Comeback Id. Sweet!

If I had thought that one up, it would be the title to this blog post. But I guess Todd Purdum has put it to better use.

The Clinton campaign's response to the story -- which portrays Bill Clinton as a larger-than-life womanizer who loves jetting around with skanky rich guys between bouts of his explosive temper -- was weirdly, ironically right on the money:
A tawdry, anonymous quote-filled attack piece, published in this month's Vanity Fair magazine regarding former President Bill Clinton repeats many past attacks on him, ignores much prior positive coverage, includes numerous errors, and ultimately breaks no new ground," he added.
Breaks no new ground... we already knew that Clinton was like this!

Frankly, I might be sympathetic to the desire of a man of humble beginnings, who has devoted most of his adult life to public service and is now a late-middle-aged heart-surgery survivor, to kick up some dust before it's too late. True, the conduct is somewhat unseemly in a former president. But what drains away my sympathy is the aspect of his palling around with sleazy businessman political donors while still trying, in some sense, to run the country.

In one way, the Clinton's ongoing political partnership -- he really does want her to have her shot at the White House, it seems -- is kind of touching. I wonder if they'll stay together when her campaign ends?

By the way, isn't there something icky and incestuous about the fact that Purdum is married to Clinton's former press secretary Dee Dee Meyers? (Do you think he's the Tim Busfield character from the West Wing?)

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