7 years ago
The former president is known to have a mischievous streak, but even
he could not have foreseen how well his encouraging his pal The Donald
to run for president would work out.
The two have been buddies for years, which means Clinton also had
Clinton knew exactly who he was talking to when he and Trump had a
phone chat back when The Donald was deciding whether to run for
president this time around.
Clinton had to know Trump would be certain to say things that would
shake the race up and drive the more staid Republicans nuts.
totally unimportant and they tried to impeach him, which was
horrible war with lies, by lying, by saying they had weapons of mass
destruction, by saying all sorts of things that turned out not to be
A mouth like that could cause all kinds for trouble.
And Clinton has a zesty love for mischief.
Clinton reportedly did not come out and tell Trump to run during their
and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated
Trump struck a chord all right, one that put him in the lead among the
other Republican hopefuls to the surprise of everyone save perhaps
After Trump spoke of Mexican immigrants as rapists, Clinton refrained
from condemning his buddy. Clinton simply said Trump was wrong to say
the number of immigrants is growing when the stats say otherwise.
Clinton then indulged in what might have been either a partiality for
the rich or a little more mischief or maybe both. He said the worst
possible thing a Clinton could say about somebody in the view of the
Hillary was a good senator for New York after 9/11 and he has
A bit for Googling could quickly prove this to be true. Trump had
donated generously to the foundation. He had also contributed to
He had invited the Clintons to his wedding in 2005, seating Hillary in
the front pew at the ceremony even though Bill did not arrive until
Bill and Donald played golf on the Trump course in Westchester. Bill
Hey, even their daughters are friends.
But as Donald was rousing the right wing, Hillary was seeking to
ingratiate herself with the left. She felt compelled to do more than
shrug at his anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Until then, Trump was on record saying Hillary had been an able
secretary of state.
because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in
On another occasion Trump had said Hillary was all but sure to get the
Democratic nomination and likely to win the general election.
But now the Republicans had a frontrunner whom Trump considered to be
perfection itself. He spoke as someone who really believes he can win.
state so bad as Hillary. The world blew up around us, we lost
The man with whom Bill Clinton is said to have been encouraging and
upbeat during their little chat was now saying the Clintons would
Maybe Bill Clinton is so smart that he foresaw such a turn to
More likely not.
No matter. Machiavelli could not have darkly plotted a better
situation than Hillary Clinton now enjoys with the help of her
Republican candidates will appear.
And that makes Hillary Clinton all the more certain to be the ultimate
Unless there is some crazy turn of events that surprises even Bill