Bill Clinton is back, and as Yogi Berra might say, "It's deja vu all over again." Well, not quite.
Anyone who watched the former president's NBC "Today" show interview with Craig Melvin saw the same old leopard with the same old spots and the same old chutzpah. But at 71 and out of power, he's less protected by friends in the media and consequently less persuasive. We're all looking at the Clinton years through a clearer lens now, and his explanations for wrongdoing range from unbelievable to offensive to the stuff of satire.
Bubba is touring to publicize a novel he "co-wrote" with best-selling novelist James Patterson, titled "The President Is Missing," and it's his most powerful piece of fiction since the day he looked into the cameras, wagged his bony finger at us and announced, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinksy." Like Hillary Clinton's book tour, his is a search for refuge in the afterglow of his once-dominating public life. The pitiless glare of moral failure continues to lavish attention on the Clintons, man and wife.
In light of the #MeToo movement, Bubba's affair with Monica Lewinsky is seen through that different lens this time, and it puts emphasis where it belongs, on his abuse of power.
"He was my boss," Lewinsky wrote poignantly in Vanity Fair, thinking again about how she was the victim of President Clinton. "He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college."