Opinion: Did you hear that? Bill Clinton’s head explodes over Obama and Vanity Fair

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Well, talk about going out with class. Ex-President Bill Clinton just went off again during a campaign appearance in South Dakota. The shock waves should be rippling through Chicago and Kansas City any minute.

He was asked about that, shall we say, unflattering Todd Purdum Vanity Fair article again. Talk about smoking near a propane tank. KA-BOOM! went the former leader of the free world about Purdum, which would be expected.


‘Sleazy.’ ‘Dishonest.’ ‘Slimy.’ ‘Scumbag.’

And those were the nice words, as Clinton firmly gripped and refused to release the hand of the inquiring reporter, who was none other than Huffington Post’s Mayhill Fowler.

Remember her? Swanky private fundraiser. San Francisco mansion. Barack Obama. Inartful remarks. Bitter small towns clinging to religion and guns.

The Vanity Fair article quotes former Clinton aides criticizing the ex-president for surrounding himself with questionable friends and behaving/speaking in a way that hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Of course, Bill Clinton denies having read....

... the offending article. They all must do that. It’s meant as an insult to the writer, see? Their writing is beneath reading by anyone as important as the outraged subject matter.

Even though by denouncing the article again Clinton is driving thousands more people to read it. He’ll soon be getting a handwritten thank you letter from the Vanity Fair circulation director.

Ah, but this time Clinton could not resist dragging someone else into the path of his wrath. Maybe you can figure out who Clinton means ‘didn’t do anything about it’:

‘It’s part of the national media’s attempt to nail Hillary for Obama,’ Clinton continued. ‘It’s the most biased press coverage in history. It’s another way of helping Obama. They had all these people standing up in this church cheering, calling Hillary a white racist, and he didn’t do anything about it.

‘The first day he said ‘Ah, ah, ah well.’ Because that’s what they do -- he gets other people to slime her. So then they saw the movie they thought this is a great ad for John McCain -- maybe I better quit the church. It’s all politics. It’s all about the bias of the media for Obama.’

Yes, it sure sounds like the Clinton and Obama camps are drawing closer together, doesn’t it, and letting bygones be bygones? Bodes well for the general election campaign. Bill’s over it already. Clearly.

And what a shocker that all these moves and criticisms are ‘all politics.’ Imagine. Politics. Near the end of an American presidential primary campaign. That Clinton is losing.

You can read the whole account here. And there’s audio here. Then, amazingly after his rant Clinton told Fowler this whole business ‘didn’t bother me.’

Obviously. He’s surely telling the truth this time.

(UPDATE: Late today Clinton aides excused their leader by saying he’d been “understandably upset’ concerning ‘an outrageously unfair article.” However, they admitted, the language used about the magazine writer by the former president of the United States and the candidate’s spouse “was inappropriate and he wishes he had not used it.”

(So forget everything you just read. Except the part about how the article didn’t bother Clinton at all.)

-- Andrew Malcolm