Bill Clinton, whatta guy. In the days leading up to the South Carolina primary, Clinton refreshed everyone's memory of how unbelieveably slimy he was, and much to the detriment of his wife's campaign, still is. If anybody thinks it's a problem that I refer to the candidate as 'his wife,' well, all I can say is, dragging out hubby to bare his teeth hardly a feminist makes.
Having this two-headed figure emerge with it's noted ambition fully revealed, after about seven years of relative quiet--a period during which, apparently, their twinned hunger for power only grew--makes me reconsider all that I thought I knew about the impeachment of Clinton 42. I used to believe that the Republicans of the time, ie Gingrich, Armey, Lott, &tc, were an evil, petty bunch, hell-bent of distracting the country with culture wars while enriching their class of elite robber barons. And that hasn't changed! But to that I now add: Clinton was caught in the Lewinsky snare and held to the fire by the Right 'til well-seared not for anything but his otherworldly slime quotient. It wasn't the family values angle, at all. Those in the Congress couldn't give a rip about marital infidelity and sexual indiscretion. It was a competitive thing. The Republicans hated Clinton, in the end, mostly for the reason of his sheer greasiness, the way they could never pin him down on. . . anything. Clinton made Reagan's teflon seem like a brittle force field; a soft, infinitely shaped politics, capable of entering the smallest spaces of detail, covered with an oily sheen, was Clinton's style. And the Republicans hated him for it, and this time they had his butt against the wall, where they could force him to finally admit, for the entire world to see, that he is a slimy and deceptive bastard, even toward his wife.
And with Bill on the stump that's what we have again: not inspirational speech, but silver tongues that contain daggers. Thankfully (imo, that is), many of those voting in the primaries have gotten to hate it, too. And, many of those under the age of thirty were never seduced by Clinton to begin with, because they were too young to have been paying attention back in the nineties. Many from within the Democratic grassroots now see the Clintons clearly, not even necessarily as a problem, but simply as limited (which, I guess, is the real problem).
What is Hillary gonna do? She used up the teary-eyed, voice-cracking 'I just care so much about you and change' act. That was a one-time stunt, now spent. Immediately, there is the question of whether to stick with the strategy of a fully miked Bill campaigning hard or take him off the job--this is the dilemma of the Clinton camp, after Obama's massive victory in S.C.