If it's been feeling a lot like 1994 for you lately, it's probably not only because of the apparent Republican ascendancy. After all, if you remember, few people predicted the stunning and historic GOP gains of 1994 and, today, people are racing not to underestimate
their coming gains. It seems that we Americans do learn from the past . . . that is, at least, when we're not too busy forgetting it.
One part of the past that refuses be forgotten is, of course, our old friend Bill Clinton
. In case you've been hiding under a rock or you neglected to respond to your invitation to Chelsea's fancy wedding this summer, that "force of nature" has been featuring prominently in the headlines ever since. It seems that the Democrats have turned to "the Big Dog" (and "first black President") in the wake of this President's falling poll numbers. The NY Times
speculates that it may be in order to remind voters of, well . . . better times.
I wonder if this will work. And, what's more, I wonder if the slick one even wants it work. Whenever Bubba talks, I assume he's revealing something of his
truth. But it's not usually to be found in the actual sentence structure or words that he utters. There's usually something back of it in operation; a cause and a purpose that's higher than the one immediately before the public. And what can be a higher cause in the Clinton universe than . . . well, Bill Clinton? So my question is always, "What's in it for him?" Why is he speaking out, and why now.
Even the New York Times
poses this question as though it were obligatory; though, obviously, they provide a sympathetic explanation that shows how much they are pining for a new slice of hope:
And there is something in it for Mr. Clinton, too. Any microphone or
tape recorder is a two-fer for him, giving him a chance to talk up his
global works, as well as discuss politics. On Monday, for example, he
urged donors to give more so he can hire more staff for the daunting
rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
So the next time you hear Bill Clinton waxing eloquent about Republican errors, Democrat virtues, and the way things really moved along swimmingly in those halcyon days of the 1990s, just remember: he's doing it for Haiti. Yeah, that's the ticket.