Maureen Dowd on Bill Clinton and Campaign Debt

30 06 2008

Bill Clinton apparently does not like to lose. That’s understandable. But advertising that bitterness does not suit anyone well. Case in point. The UK Telegraph reports on how Bill Clinton apparently told close friends that Senator Barack Obama can “kiss his for support. Perhaps, its hard to say whether or not this is an indication of how Bill Clinton actually feels or if its simply rumor or innuendo. But the terse and tepid endorsement of Obama by the 42nd president just a few days earlier only helps spur the rumor mill.

According to Associated Press:

President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States.

Thats it. That’s the entire statement. Its just that one sentence. So much for being a team player.

Maureen Dowd in her Sunday NYT column captured the subplot to this melodrama very well while reporting from Unity, New Hampshire.

They did not, however, commiserate about Bill Clinton, who is in a self-pitying meltdown about not being Elvis anymore, trying to shake down Obama for more – more apologies for perceived snubs and more help paying off the $22 million Clinton debt.

It’s hard to fathom why Obama should be mau-maued into paying off the debt that Hillary and Bill accrued attacking and undermining him, while mismanaging the campaign and their nearly quarter-billion-dollar war chest so horribly that one Hillaryland insider told The New Republic that it bordered on fraud.

But the former president can’t stand being a loser, so he’s taking it out on the winner. When it comes to Bill, there’s a lot of vanity but very little humility in Unity.

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