Like the fact that one of Bill's last acts in the White House was to pardon 15 Puerto Rican nationalist terrorists, actual terrorists who had set off bombs in our country that had killed and maimed people, against the advice of the Justice Department, the FBI, and the relatives of the people who got themselves exploded, but conveniently in time for his wife's campaign for a Senate seat in a state with the largest population of Puerto Ricans in the country. And when he started to get flack for it, he cheerfully threw Al Gore under the bus, claiming he'd done it to help Gore win Florida, and what a help it was, too! And now we find ourselves years down the road with Hillary Clinton insisting that she will stay in the race until the bitter end or, at the very least until Puerto Rico votes, and suddenly I'm feeling a little queasy, like someone flipped on a light and I caught a glimpse of something I didn't want to see scurrying under the counter.
In this campaign Hillary Clinton has done what the Clintons do best, which is to fight hard and dirty. This is why we loved them in the beginning, right? They bested the Republicans at their own game. It doesn't matter if you get yourself covered in mud as long as your opponent drowns in it. Unlike Bill, who played dirty with a kind of insouciant, almost Reaganesque "Teflon" flair, Hillary Clinton has played dirty while wrapping herself in the shroud of victimhood. From the beginning Hillary Clinton was a feminist martyr, even when she was leading by a mile and the media discussed her as if she were already President. The spectacle of her complaining that debate mediators always asked her the first question was shameless and ridiculous. It was the Platonic ideal of that fake mole hill mountain.
So when confronted with things like the transparent insistence on seating the Michigan and Florida delegates, but only the way Hillary Clinton wants them seated, which is to say given entirely to her, even though it was her own campaign manager who helped draft the initial ruling that stripped the states of their delegates in the first place. Or Hillary transforming herself into a race baiting Annie Oakley. Or the discovery, after Barack Obama's profound and historic speech about race in America in which he defiantly did not condemn his pastor for speaking his own truth, that it was an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter who invited Jeremiah Wright to the National Press Club to give a speech which seemed intended to have a catastrophic effect on Obama's campaign. The surprise to me is not that she's participating in these things, The surprise to me is that anyone is surprised, or that anyone is blind to this. That anyone can look at Hillary Clinton and see a victim is the biggest mystery to me of all.