Who knows? Perhaps sensing she had gone too far with the high-pressure tactics, Hillary Clinton is now disclaiming responsibility for the strong-arm efforts to get herself on the ticket. There is a bizarre, manic quality to all of this: overkill followed by retreat, threats followed by conciliatory talk. If ever there were reason to conclude that she needs time in the Senate to self-evaluate, work on some policy and take stock of her political standing the last few days should have made that clear. Will she? The Clintons never struck me as very self-aware, but there is nothing like losing a presidential race you were supposed to win to help redirect one’s focus. Just ask Al Gore.