Bill Clinton is starting his Hillary campaign gaffing explosion early, looking to help sink his wife’s campaign before it even gets off the ground.
I have two theories on Bill Clinton, whose mistakes also hurt Hillary in 2008. One, relayed to me personally during a seance by Dr. Sigmund Freud . . .
. . . is that deep in Bill’s subconscious is an insecure little man who just can’t bear the thought of his wife Hillary equaling or even eclipsing him at the thing he things he was born to do – be president. And so he sabotages her.
The other theory is that this already undisciplined man abandons all efforts to control himself when his personal gain is not directly involved. Also he’s older and more prone to mistakes.
Talking to random people at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa Sunday, Bill got in a discussion with some guy about Palestinian-Israeli peace.
“If we don’t force him to make peace, we will not have peace,” the man said to Clinton, apparently referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“First of all, I agree with that,” Clinton responded, and then launched into remarks about his own efforts as president to get a peace deal.
“But Netanyahu is not the guy,” the guy told Clinton.
“I agree with that,” Clinton responded.
I don’t know if he really agrees. Clinton tends to unctuously try to placate his audience. But either way, it’s a gaffe.
The exchange is within the video below. It’s funny to listen to how, 14 years after the event, Clinton is still peeved that he was unable to broker a peace deal that would cap his presidency. Actually, other than getting impeached, it would have been the only truly historic thing he achieved.
I remember the day he came into the briefing room in 2000 to announce that the effort was being abandoned. He was furious. He didn’t exactly mention him, but the person he was sore at was Yasser Arafat, whom he believed had exhibited bad faith and walked away from a credible peace agreement.