Old news? That didn't stop the Gray Lady from running 19 stories, columns and blogs that mentioned Mitt Romney's dog Seamus by name this year. (Romney, you see, drove with the dog in a carrier strapped to his station wagon roof during a family vacation in 1983.)
I bring this up because, while opinion pages overflow with lamentations about today's hyper-partisanship, the Clintons had a lead role in widening America's political divide.
When former Arkansas employee Paula Jones sued President Clinton for sexual harassment, he told and stuck to a gratuitous lie about his sexual relationship with a White House intern. And Hillary Clinton, despite what reporter Jodi Kantor describes as "her activist feminist roots," was his greatest enabler.
The then-first lady blamed a "vast right-wing conspiracy" for independent counsel Ken Starr's "politically motivated" questioning of Monica Lewinsky, even though her husband was the chief architect of Starr's perjury trap.
The president could have refused to allow Jones' attorneys to depose him. Critics would have had a field day, and he might have been fined, but the president would not have lied under oath.
Or he could have told the truth. (Just kidding.)
In the end, a federal judge dismissed the suit because Jones failed to establish any economic damages. In his last day in office, Bill Clinton admitted to giving "false" answers to federal prosecutors as he agreed to a $25,000 fine and a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license. The president also reached an $850,000 settlement with Jones.
The American people didn't get anything but too much information.
Of course, the secretary of state is a political figure in her own right: He's the big creep who lied under oath; she's a former senator, an accomplished fundraiser and a relentless campaigner. In a first for a female, she started the 2008 presidential primary as the Democratic front-runner.