Opinion Gerard O'Regan

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dirt will fly like never before if Hillary runs for White House in 2016

Hillary Clinton has not ruled out a run for the presidency in 2016
Hillary Clinton has not ruled out a run for the presidency in 2016

Gerard O'Regan

MONICA Lewinsky, famous ever more for that much documented tryst with President Bill Clinton, resolves that she is ready to "burn the beret and bury the blue dress''. They, of course, are the fashion items cast forever in those images which transfixed American politics – and much of the world – back in 1998.

A lot of water has flowed under many, many, bridges since those times. The Bill and Monica drama would now be confined to history, were it not for the fact that the Clintons are not quite ready as yet to leave centre stage.

A bid by Hillary Clinton to become the first woman president of the United States looks increasingly inevitable – if only for the fact that she has no competitor of note for the Democratic nomination. Yet the latest foray by Ms Lewinsky into the public domain, by way of a widely reproduced article in an American magazine, is a reminder that another Clinton White House bid will provoke bare-knuckle politics of unprecedented bitterness. A 'stop Hillary at all costs'' campaign will bring a mishmash of all kinds of extremists and weirdos together right across the US.

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