I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again….

Everyone has a storyline in which she plays the starring role, and in which she is the heroine. What is little noted about Hillary Clinton’s increasingly aggressive determination to stay in the Democratic race come what may is that she believes she is doing something heroic. Last week, Bill said he was “so proud” of her because they keep coming at her and she keeps on going. This is very reminiscent of the story John Harris tells in his 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.”

That was not bravado. It was a warning, and an accurate one. The Clintons are without shame, and therefore we all believe they are without honor and cannot possibly imagine themselves as heroes. But Bill very much believed, and believes, that he is a hero because he would not allow himself to be defeated, no matter what — and that part of his eventual victory would be that he could use the virulence of his foes to his advantage.

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