Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Clintons and Gore

The cover story for the Weekly Standard is a long, fascinating look at the complex political relationship of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore. I think the conclusion sums up the discussion fairly well:
With their conspicuous lack of political talents, neither Gore nor Hillary would ever have reached the top tier of candidates if they had not been elevated by being chosen by Clinton. But if they had been more graceful, and less pedantic and heavy-handed, they would not have been chosen, as they would not have supplied what Bill lacked.

It was a bargain that worked well for Bill, but ended in heartbreak for Gore, and may do the same thing for Hillary Clinton. This story is not over yet.