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Hillary Evokes Bill

Hillary tonight: “I might stumble and I might fall down, but as long as you’re with me, I’ll get right back up.” Once again I am reminded of the detail in John Harris’s book The Survivor (as recounted by Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times):

Do you know who I am?” Bill Clinton asked his adversary Newt Gingrich during the government shutdown of 1995-96. He answered the question himself: “I’m the big rubber clown doll you had as a kid, and every time you hit it, it bounces back.” The harder you hit me, he added, “the faster I come back up.”

I think everybody, including me, may have misread the Bill-Hillary relationship. Her evocation of this Clinton anecdote, and her indefatigable conduct in this primary, mark her not as Bill’s equal or as his conscience or as his power-sharer. It marks her as his acolyte.


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