June 24, 2004


The man who sucks up all the available oxygen ( Mark Steyn, Jerusalem post, June 24th, 2004)

There was a photo in The New York Post a few weeks back of Bill Clinton and some other fellow entering a room. Seven-eighths of the picture was Clinton with a big broad smile and his arms outstretched, like a cheesy Vegas lounge act acknowledging the applause of the crowd before launching into his opening number (I Get a Kick Out of Me).

The gaunt, cadaverous fellow wedged into the left-hand sliver of the photograph proved on closer inspection to be Senator John Kerry, looking like a gloomy, aged retainer trying to remind the big guy that his 10 o'clock appointment was waiting. If I were a Democrat, that picture would have been more depressing than one of the oxymoronic "Kerry rallies."

"His glamor is undersung," panted Tina Brown – about Clinton, not Kerry – after wangling an invite to the White House. "A man in a dinner jacket with more heat than any star in the room – he is vividly in the present tense and dares you to join him there."

The problem for Kerry is that the Clinton presidency is now half a decade in the past, but the guy is still vividly in the present tense, daring Tina and co. to join him there. And if it's a choice between Bill's heat-exuding tuxedo or John Kerry, it's no contest.

Posted by Peter Burnet at June 24, 2004 6:47 AM

John Kerry's problem isn't Bill Clinton.

His problem is physics. Specifically, what happens to vacuums under "normal" conditions.

(And what happens to vacuous personalities.)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at June 24, 2004 8:09 AM

Sounds like Tina's the one in heat.

Posted by: Genecis at June 24, 2004 12:07 PM

Burning up just like Maureen Dowd. Clinton has a lot of work left to do.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 24, 2004 12:34 PM

Tip: DON'T have Clinton appear with you or to plug you. Clinton is the type who ALWAYS has to be the center of attention of the entire universe, and he will upstage anybody else.

"The Universe Cannot Have Two Centers."
-- comment on why Messiah types don't hang out together, Kooks Magazine.

Posted by: Ken at June 24, 2004 7:47 PM

What on earth is Clinton's appeal based on? He's always seemed to me to be just another flim-flam man--a politician's politician, with all the bad implications you can draw from that--an overgrown student-government type. Whatever is there to be attracted to in that???

Posted by: at June 24, 2004 8:31 PM

But he's a GOOD flim-flam man, the type of con man whose suckers not only fork over the $$$ voluntarily, but go to the mat for him as his Loyal Followers.

I've heard of this phenomenon happening in the past, with the top ranks of con men.

With Clinton, I suspect it had to do with survival adaptations to an alcoholic stepfather. Billy Clinton survived by being a total people-pleaser, able to fake agreement and fellowship and sincerity with just about anybody (especially the alky who had him in his power); then as time went on, it became his core nature.

Posted by: Ken at June 25, 2004 12:53 PM