The Comeback Id -- Bill Clinton

Dateline: Mon 02 Jun 2008

Vanity Fair editor Todd S. Purdam, who covered Bill Clinton for the New York Times and other publications off and on for 16 years, starting in the early 1990s -- and who is the husband of Dee Dee Myers, the former Clinton press secretary -- answers the question on many lips these last few months:

What the hey is wrong with Bill? Or "Bubba trouble," as the side head says.

Here is the link:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/07/clinton200807

Here is the nut graph/into:

"Old friends and longtime aides are wringing their hands over Bill Clinton's post, White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations to the media blowups that have bruised his wife's campaign, to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse. Some point to Clinton's medical traumas; others blame sheer selfishness, and the absence of anyone who can say "no." Exploring Clintonworld, the author asks if the former president will be consumed by his own worst self."

Bill Clinton is a fascinating character study, a complex personality who is by turns needy and totally egotistical. That alone makes the story worth reading. Also, I came away feeling a little misty-eyed on Hillary's behalf. The big guy can't be an easy partner.

Update: Politico is writing that the Clinton camp has responded, calling the article "journalism of personal destruction at its worst."

Here's the rebut:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0608/Clinton_attacks_Vanity_Fair.html

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