WaPo: The Clintons Have Been Around For Decades. But Some Media Types Have Pulled Total 180s On Them.
Originally posted at The Washington Post by Callum Borchers.
In the fall of 1997, Arianna Huffington and Dick Morris made a friendly wager. A year removed from advising then-President Bill Clinton in his bid for a second term, Morris bet that Vice President Al Gore would win the next election, in 2000. Huffington, who was then a syndicated conservative columnist, bet that Gore would lose.
“The winner gets dinner and, my money says, the deep pleasure of never having to say those frightening words: ‘President Gore,’ ” Huffington wrote at the time.
Today, the Huffington-Morris ante seems pulled from an alternate universe, not merely another decade. Almost 20 years later, another Clinton is on the ballot (Hillary), but allegiances are reversed. Morris is working against the presumptive Democratic nominee, advising Republican Donald Trump and bashing Hillary Clinton in his new gig as a National Enquirer columnist. Huffington is editor-in-chief of the left-leaning Huffington Post, which appends this editor’s note to many Trump stories:
Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
Huffington even claims to be tuned in to the Clinton campaign these days. On MSNBC this week, she shared “what I’m hearing” about the former secretary of state’s possible running mate.
“Something very interesting I heard from two different sources [is] that the campaign is even looking at potentially bringing in a business leader,” Huffington said, countering conventional wisdom about Clinton’s consideration of politicians such as Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
The 2016 presidential campaign often feels like a flashback to the 1990s — largely because it is only natural, as Hillary Clinton seeks her husband’s old job, to review policies and events from the last time she occupied the White House. For her, the time warp involves touting the economic prosperity much of the country enjoyed during that period but also rehashing Bill Clinton’s infidelity and impeachment. For Trump, it means boasting about business successes while trying to reconcile his current conservatism (“I’m pro-life”) with previous, liberal positions (“I am very pro-choice”).
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