And with that brief statement the Clinton era in American politics ends. The Clinton era began in an odd way. Bill Clinton got the Democrat nomination in 1992 largely because no major Democrat figure wanted it. It was assumed by them that in the wake of the successful Gulf War of 1990-91, Bush was unbeatable. Thus the obscure Governor of Arkansas got his unexpected chance for the limelight. His candidacy was helped by several factors: one party in power for three terms in the White House was a striking anomaly in the history of the country since the days of FDR and Truman; the betrayal of Bush of his no new tax pledge; the overconfidence of the Bush team based on their big victory in 1988; and the crack pot vengeance campaign against Bush by H. Ross Perot. Clinton was also helped by two factors: a complete lack of any core convictions allowing him to be a total political chameleon, and preternatural political skills, only Reagan being in his league. After his victory Bill, who seemed to be interested only in politics and bored by actual government, allowed his
political partner wife to indulge her Leftism by making an attempt at national health insurance. That largely led to the Republicans taking control of Congress for the first time since 1946. Bill Clinton, the chameleon, responded by proclaiming the era of big government was over. Republican control of Congress deprived Mrs. Clinton of the power to attempt to implement Leftist policies, and Bill won re-election in 1996, doing a service to the Republican party by dispatching to retirement one of the champions of RINO Republicanism, Bob Dole, who sleep-walked his way to defeat, while ever muttering that it was his turn. Clinton did an inadvertent service to his own party by being caught out being serviced by an intern in the Oval Office, and having the Republicans fail in their attempt to remove him from office. That act of overreaching almost got Bill Clinton’s Vice-President elected in 2000, tied in with overwhelming overconfidence on the part of the team of Bush the Younger, and the political malpractice of the Bush team in assuming his arrest for DUI would remain hidden. So much for Bill Clinton.
His wife was rather the mirror image of Bill. She was filled with Leftist political convictions, and had not a shred of his political abilities, as she amply demonstrated by losing to Obama in the Democrat primaries in 2008, almost losing to the socialist from Vermont in the Democrat primaries in 2016, a fate she only avoided by putting in the fix with the DNC, and being beaten by Donald Trump, a man she outspent two to one, and with almost all the media on her side. Such political malpractice rises almost to an art form. Oddly enough, one of the few prognosticators who saw her defeat coming was her husband Bill, who urged her to shore up her support among working-class whites. Fortunately Madame Clinton paid no heed to her husband, and he was derided as an out of touch old white guy by the snot-nosed techno-nerds who ran her campaign into the ground.
I do confess to some mild surprise at this decision by Hillary. In a fragmented race, I would place her no worse than even money to get the Democrat nomination. Obviously the desire to be the first female president has been the guiding passion of her life, so why not run? A few reasons I guess. She would be 73 come election day next year, and her health problems, ill concealed in 2016, might well be devastating under the stress of a new campaign. However, I suspect her main reason is the simple fear that Trump would beat her again. This leaves only the desire for revenge, always a chief motivating factor in her life, by helping whoever gets the nomination to beat Trump. I suspect such attempted aid by her would be more of a help for Trump, but that is a story for next year.