February 11, 2014 |
Of course it's too early to talk about 2016. Now that we've gotten that out of the way.... The most interesting dynamic so far is that the Democrats are behaving like Republicans - and vice versa. Since 1940, with the arguable exception of Barry Goldwater, Republicans have nominated the guy next in line. Thomas Dewey almost beat Wendell Willkie for the nomination in 1940, so in 1944 - and 1948 - it was his turn. Dwight Eisenhower, whom both parties wanted as their nominee, was a special case, given that whole invading-Europe-and-defeating-Hitler thing.
February 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON--Many Senate Democrats facing tough reelection battles this fall aren't welcoming President Obama to the campaign trail, given his low approval ratings. But Wednesday night they'll roll out the red carpet for former President Clinton, hoping the Comeback Kid can offer some tips for the upcoming midterms. Clinton is delivering the dinnertime keynote talk at the Senate Democrats' retreat Wednesday in what is likely to be part strategy session, part pep talk as the former president's party engages in an uphill struggle to retain control of the Senate this fall.
February 4, 2014 |
Jay Leno steps down from his role as host of "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, a position he has held almost continuously since 1992. He has more than 4,600 shows under his belt -- that's a lot of monologue jokes. Bill Clinton was one of the biggest target of those jokes. As far as politicians go, anyway. For celebrities, it was O.J. Simpson. Those findings were reported Tuesday in a study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. Yes, those people sifted through 43,892 jokes told by Leno on "The Tonight Show" between May 25, 1992, and Jan. 24, 2014, and tallied them up. President Clinton, who was elected roughly six months into Leno's tenure on "The Tonight Show," is the all-time top joke target, with 4,607 jokes.
January 13, 2014 |
If President Obama were photographed coming and going from a younger woman's apartment at all hours of the day and night, would most Americans care? Uh, yeah. I mean, see Clinton, Bill, and Lewinsky, Monica. In France, though, President Francois Hollande is knee-deep in just such l'affaire , having been photographed coming and going from the apartment of a younger woman, actress Julie Gayet. PHOTO ESSAY: Chris Christie, President Obama and the 'ignorance is bliss' dodge And do the French care?
January 9, 2014 |
The folks at Health Fitness Revolution looked at the world's heads of state (and a few former) and picked 11 they thought qualified as the fittest. I was surprised to see our cheeseburger-loving ex-president on the list. But Bill Clinton is there. According to the magazine's founder, Samir Becic , criteria included how the leaders coped with their own medical issues as well as their "promotion of a healthy lifestyle within their own country. " Clinton was known as a jogger and also for his love of jalapeño cheeseburgers.
December 18, 2013 |
Let's not romanticize Jerry Brown's three tries for the presidency, even as he leaves the door open for a fourth . He lost, badly, in 1976, 1980 and 1992. In the last one, particularly, he looked on occasion like an ingrate. (That requisite endorsement Bill Clinton might have expected from Brown after the Arkansan won the nomination in 1992? Never happened). Brown thumbed his nose at the profession in which he's spent his life, railing at politicians as sellouts and worse. He railed at everything, really, a candidate who often seemed to be battling as much against the pinnacle he was seeking as for it. Still, voters often saw him as the antithesis of the blow-dried automatons who regularly populate campaigns.