June 30, 2016
What Bill did the other day in meeting privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch while his wife is under federal investigation wasn't ostentatious. Bill didn't want to beat his breast and hold a news conference.
He wasn't as loud, say, as the hair of the barbarian Donald Trump. And Bill wasn't as loud as the relentless American liberal shaming of the English over the Brexit vote.
It looks like Bill Clinton wanted to be quiet, subtle and ambiguous, like the Clintons were years ago when he was president.
And it is the way they will conduct their business should Hillary command theWhite House, with Bill at her side as first laddie of the United States.
They're sidewinders, these two.
So the other day Bill Clinton learned that Lynch was at the airport in Phoenix. Bill walked onto her private plane to chat with her privately for about a half an hour.
Lynch later said they didn't discuss the investigation of Hillary:
"Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix."
Note the operative word:
You could drive a fleet of dump trucks through "primarily." Don't you just love it when lawyers talk dirty?
But then I guess it all depends on what your definition of primarily is.
What Bill did was quiet, so it wasn't as loud as the hair of The Donald, was it?
The hair of The Donald fills many news columns written by establishment types — pro-Hillary Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans — because hair is so easy.
It's excellent click-bait, rather like overripe cheese for catfish. Just put it on the hook, they swallow it whole. All you have to do is heave those catfish into the boat and call yourself an angler (or an independent thinker).
And what Bill did wasn't like those legions of liberal American establishment pundits ripping their hair out while shaming the English for the Brexit vote.
They denounced the Brexit vote and the people of England as uneducated racists and xenophobes. Why? The English dared to reject the transnational elites of the European Union. And the English had this revolutionary idea that they wanted to govern their own country and control their nation's borders.
Shaming does have its virtues, I suppose, if you're an establishment meat puppet worried that the Brexit vote foreshadows problems here for the only American establishment candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Calling the English stupid for rejecting the status quo — just as millions of Americans are called stupid for doing the same here — is also very much like that overripe cheese.
Just put your fingers into that creamy goop and roll some into a ball. Put it on the hook, throw out line and begin typing the words "racism" or "xenophobia."
All you need is oil, a frying pan, a place to publish and a Twitter account.
But the meeting between Bill and Loretta had nothing to do with hair or race. It had to do with the subtle projection of terrifying power.
And with Hillary under investigation by her office, and with her boss, President Obama, having already endorsed Mrs. Clinton, Lynch made a terrible mistake.
She shouldn't have talked to Clinton about anything. Instead, she should have said:
"Bill, may I call you Bill? I can't have any kind of conversation with you in private. It would be wrong. But if you'd like to sit with FBI agents and talk about your wife's illegal emails and how they relate to your epic bank account and your Clinton Foundation international slush fund, you're more than welcome."
But she didn't. So she deserves to be made a public fool.
The problem for Democrats in all of this is that the Clintons are considered by most Americans to be liars. Not just pedestrian liars, either, but Olympian liars.
In Chicago the other day, Hillary Clinton acknowledged she has a trust problem and plans on working on it. She's been in public life for more than 30 years, and now she's working on it?
When news of the Bill Clinton/Lynch meeting became public, Republicans predictably skewered the attorney general, Democrats predictably defended her and Trump was predictably outraged.
Lynch bore the brunt of it. But what about Bill?
He's the spouse of the Democratic candidate for president. He's a former lawyer, Yale trained. Doesn't he have any responsibility here?
I'd like you to imagine Bill — after the baby talk about grandchildren was done — looking at Lynch, biting his lip, saying something like:
"So, Loretta, what are your plans for the future?"
You wouldn't need a neon sign. He'd mean a future with Hillary as president, Bill at her side, the two of them ruling the world with power to reward friends and destroy enemies once again.
The poet Maya Angelou said that "When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time."
Bill and Hillary have shown us who they are. They've spent years showing us.
And now they want to show us again, and again.
Listen to "The Chicago Way" podcast with John and Jeff Carlin. Guests include Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart who talks of his mayoral plans:www.chicagotribune.com/kasspodcast.