Sympathy For the Clintons

Bill Clinton has not distinguished himself during this campaign, to put it mildly, but this passage from yesterday's Post - flagged by Michael Crowley - seems like it ought to inspire empathy rather than eye-rolling.

Another member of the inner circle described Bill Clinton as coming "unhinged" in the final hours, raising his voice in phone calls with superdelegates, constantly revisiting his wife's options for staying in the race. "He keeps asking me, 'What about so-and-so? What about so-and-so?' " the supporter recalled, saying the former president wanted constant updates on superdelegate moves.

I like to think that if my wife were on the verge of being eliminated from a Presidential primary campaign that she'd very nearly won, I'd be "constantly revisiting" her options, demanding "constant updates" on her chances, and maybe even raising my voice from time to time. That doesn't sound like a man coming "unhinged"; that sounds like a man who has his priorities in order.

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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