Thursday 21 September 2017

Hillary Clinton - first lady seeks a second chance

Hillary - laying the groundwork for 2016?

Hillary Clinton. Reuters
Hillary Clinton. Reuters
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

More than 22 years after her husband earned the nickname 'The Comeback Kid' it seems Hillary Clinton is determined to be lady who won't go away.

It has been impossible to avoid the former First Lady in the past week as her skeletons were once again flushed out of the closet and speculation resurfaced about her political intentions.

First Monica Lewinsky decided that now was the time to "burn the beret and bury the blue dress". The US National Archives continues to release documents that give an insight into the ill-fated 'HillaryCare' health plan which she headed up in 1993. And Republicans have set up a special House committee to investigate the 2012 attack on diplomats in Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. It was a dark day during Hillary's tenure as secretary of state.

At the same time Hillary is preparing to release her memoirs Hard Choices which details her battle with Barack Obama for the Democrat nomination six years ago – and how she went from his enemy to trusted ally.

While Lewinsky went to Vanity Fair with her essay on the affair that shook Bill's presidency, Hillary gave a 1,300-word extract from her book to Vogue.

Most Irish-Americans would probably welcome the sight of Hillary, Bill and Chelsea arriving back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But is the US tired of the political soap opera? Bill has said that presidential campaigns should be about the future.

Cynics suggest that the Clintons are happy to have all the dirty issues thrown into the public debate now so that they describe them as 'old news' if Hillary makes a presidential bid in 2016.

Lynne Cheney, wife for former vice-president Dick, went on Fox News to question the timing of Lewinsky's re-emergence.

"I really wonder if this isn't an effort on the Clintons' part to get that story out of the way," Cheney, asked. "Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn't want in Vanity Fair?"

If the onslaught of recent stories is part of an elaborate election plan then it's a move that only the Clintons and maybe the Kennedys could pull off.

Either way a sequel set at the White House would certainly keep us watching.

Comeback

The Clintons' old skeletons are re-emerging with Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair interview coinciding with the release of Hillary's memoirs, Hard Choices.

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday’s Irish Independent

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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