Bill Clinton never ceases to amaze. The Chris Wallace interview flap, which should have been an overnight story, has had media legs for over a week with no signs of abating. Was the act he pulled a spontaneous combustion or a pre-meditated strike? Who will ever know? If it was a pre-meditated outburst, it seems foolish in retrospect because it served to push all the issues that might benefit the Democrats off the screen in favor of an issue which everyone agrees represents an advantage for Bush and the Republicans. In addition, it sent all the Clintonite groupies and sycophants rushing to the TV talk shows to soak up more valuable time and visibility defending their hero. But then it’s never about the party or the cause, is it? It is always and inevitably all about him—his legacy, his image, his ego as a world statesman. I have a prediction: If Hillary runs and is not elected President in 2008, the future of this couple will most resemble that of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor after his abdication of the British throne in 1936—over thirty years of roaming the world, making all the watering holes with all the glitterati and being hosted by all the top celebrities. The difference will be Clinton’s $50-100K a pop in speaking fees and the fact that, unlike the Duke, he will constantly be in our face. Which recalls the last time he wagged his finger in our face—remember how that episode worked out?
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