There are a few juicy nuggets in Gail Sheehy's Clinton wrap-up in Vanity Fair. Here's one that reminded me of how former president Clinton regarded his wife's candidacy - as an extension of his presidency:
He didn’t make his first pitch to one Pennsylvania super-delegate,Jason Altmire, until the afternoon of the Ohio/Texas votes. He soundedgiddy, recalls Congressman Altmire. “ ’We’re going to win Ohio forsure, and Texas looks good, and we’re coming to Pennsylvania,’ he said.‘Keep your powder dry. Don’t endorse anybody—just wait it out.’ ” Theflattered first-term congressman said he was concerned that SenatorClinton might not play well on the top of the ticket. “President Bushwon my district twice … ”
Clinton interrupted him. “How well did I do in your district?”
“You won it twice.”
“Well, there you go,” Clinton said, gloating.
There was silence for a while, and Clinton assumed he had won his case.
“With all due respect,” Altmire finally said, “you’re not on the ballot this year.”
But Bill felt as if he was. For him it was always about his restoration and his entitlement to it. Raw nepotism and abuse of marital power would have continued in any Hillary Clinton administration - unaccountable, unknowable and uncontrollable. It was a bullet dodged.
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