"The Comeback Id" - Todd S. Purdum - Vanity Fair

"The Comeback Id" - Todd S. Purdum - Vanity Fair

Old friends and longtime aides are wringing their hands over Bill Clinton’s post–White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations to the media blowups that have bruised his wife’s campaign, to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse. Some point to Clinton’s medical traumas; others blame sheer selfishness, and the absence of anyone who can say “no.” Exploring Clintonworld, the author asks if the former president will be consumed by his own worst self.

by: Todd S. Purdum | publication date: July 1, 2008 | Publication: Vanity Fair |

". . .To know Clinton is, sooner or later, to be exasperated by his indiscipline and disappointed by his shortcomings. But through it all, it has been easy enough to retain an enduring admiration—even affection—for a president whose sins against decorum and the dignity of his office seemed venial in contrast to the systemic indifference, incompetence, corruption, and constitutional predations of his successor’s administration. That is, easy enough until now. . ."

This is the piece Mayhill Fowler is referring to in her "Bill Clinton: Purdum a 'Sleazy' 'Slimy' 'Scumbag'" piece for Off the Bus.

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