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It seems a bit weird to me that Todd Purdum's big Vanity Fair Bill Clinton profile is only coming out now, but as Kathy G. remarks it's a great refutation of the theory that since Bill and Hillary Clinton were so scrutinized in the 1990s there was nothing more that could have come out against the Clintons to make them look bad were Hillary to secure the nomination.

It's hard for me to tell how much of the sleazy behavior that Purdum hints at here is actually true. Based on the record, it wouldn't at all be unlike Clinton for some of it to be true. And based on the record, it wouldn't at all be unlike the press to run with some of it even if it isn't true. But either way, the point is that if there really is such a thing as the candidate with no new skeletons to be chewed over by the right-wing (and I'm skeptical there is) Hillary Clinton isn't it, any more than Barack Obama is.

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