Looking in every window to see what can be found. The substance of their lives
has nothing to do with it, evidently. It's all about the good old bad old days
of Bubba and the wife that he done wrong. It's the National Enquirer without
the goods. It's tabloid teasing without the pay off. No cigarette at the end
after this one, because there is no there there. Just more stirring of the old
Clinton pot, because politicians and their past sell papers.
Having done years and years of research on marriage, sex and making commitment
work, it's amazing to me that Democratic
attack hack Patrick Healy didn't bother to ask any experts what exactly
happens in a marriage of maturity. Of course, Healy didn't really want to share
that story. He wanted to stir up slime about yesteryear, which most Americans
have long since put away. By most Americans I mean the vast majority of people
who didn't let the VRWC seduce them into believing adultery was high crimes
and misdemeanors. Of course, the Rush and Ken doll Sean Hannity hack radio crowd
will lick this moral larceny up with a spoon. I guess the New York Times will
do anything to help bolster their subscriber base. Because any story on the
Clinton marriage is catnip to the conspiracy crowd. But what exactly does it
teach us about Senator Clinton?
Zip. Nada. Zilch.
Here's a sample of Patrick Healy's peeping Tom paragraphs.
Since the start of 2005, the Clintons have been together about 14 days a
month on average, according to aides who reviewed the couple's schedules.
Sometimes it is a full day of relaxing at home in Chappaqua; sometimes it
is meeting up late at night. At their busiest, they saw each other on a single
day, Valentine's Day, in February 2005 â€” a month when each was traveling
a great deal. Last August, they saw each other at some point on 24 out of
31 days. Out of the last 73 weekends, they spent 51 together. The aides declined
to provide the Clintons' private schedule.
This telegraphs what will happen if Senator Clinton makes the move to White
House candidate. I, for one, am not convinced she's running and never have been.
Maybe that's because if I were her I'd store up lots of cash, then dole it out
to others in a bid for Senate majority leader; amassing power that would last
the rest of my life.
No one cares, but my husband and I have separate lives carved out amidst our
marriage, too. My work, his work, my ambitions, his life and children set us
on different paths that separate and converge very naturally for us, though
for many others it might seem odd. When we married just over 3 years ago, the
reality that I might live in a different city because of radio opportunities
was part of the marital mix. It wasn't odd. It was our life.
For peepers like Patrick Healy and the editors of the New York Times, the Clinton
past will always be woven into any reality they may intend to manifest today.
Never mind Mr. Clinton's amazing life after his presidency. Never mind Mrs.
Clinton's slow and steady win the Senate race and all the respect she has garnered.
Never mind the natural progression of a marriage between two people who have
weathered the worst and come through on the other side.
Some friends say that they do not notice any tension now, though they are
not sure when, or how, it lifted.
“Who knows how any couple conquers the issues in their marriage, but
they did it,” said Chris Korge, a Democratic fund-raiser who is close
to both Clintons. “It's like when he bought her a new diamond ring recently,
you just saw the look in her face. When someone shows you something like that,
'This is what Bill bought me,' kind of gleaming, it meant something to get
it â€” it meant more to her that he bought it for her than what it actually
“It was all about Hillary, about why she was an effective senator, how
hard she was working,” he said.
Approaching 60 and with major heart surgery not yet two years behind him,
Mr. Clinton has been more reflective in public about the marriage than Mrs.
Clinton, who is 58.
When they appeared together at a Manhattan fund-raiser in December, the former
president said he had sometimes “kicked myself” for encouraging
her to run for office. There were times he wished she were not in the Senate
so they could travel more, learn more, he said.
When Mrs. Clinton joined him onstage, Mr. Clinton gave her a kiss on the
forehead, and then stepped away. Mrs. Clinton appeared a little choked up.
Moments later, as she recalled their 30 years of marriage, she looked out
into the dimly lighted room to try to find him.
“I'm so grateful to you, Bill, wherever you are,” she said.
The most important component to any long-term commitment is forgiveness. Senator
Hillary Clinton knows this and applied it to her life. Former President Bill
Clinton is undoubtedly grateful, too. They've found their way back to one another.
It's what millions of married people do.
I can't wait until Healy's next peeping Tom installment: Laura Bush's story on her boozing mate's proposal. Did she help get him off the cocaine, too? Then maybe they'll turn to Jeb, because, baby, this story has legs.