Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- It is happening again. The media tell us there is a huge groundswell of support for Hillary to run for the presidency in 2016. Already an enormous political action committee has been formed. She is again -- as she was in 2008 -- the Inevitable Candidate and, by the way, the Inevitable President. Moreover, the mainstream media are, of course, with her.

These are what I have been calling for over 20 years the media's Episodic Apologists. Their professional lives have followed a well-worn arc since at least 1992 when the Clintons first emerged nationally -- though the arc was there in Arkansas back in the 1980s. At first, the Episodic Apologists are full of hope for the Clintons -- they have such charisma, such political promise. Then, splat, they fall headlong into a scandal of their own making -- Troopergate, Travelgate, Monicagate, Impeachment, or their incomparable exit from the White House. Of a sudden, the Episodic Apologists fall into darkest despair. "How could they? They had it all," and The Episodic Apologists' funk continues.

After the Clintons exited the White House in 2000 it sounded like this. The Wall Street Journal's Al Hunt: Bill Clinton is the "albatross" of his party, he should "drop dead"; the New York Times' Bob Herbert: Clinton "has been a disaster for the Democratic Party; and the Times editorializing, the former president "has plunged further and further beneath the already low expectations of his most cynical critics."

I could go on, but then -- for no apparent reason -- the Episodic Apologists' hopes are renewed. Hope never completely dies.

To return to the present, reality is again intruding on the Episodic Apologists' hopes. Now Benghazi is again in the news. It appears that in the months preceding the attack Hillary was engaged in furthering one of her goofball boasts. The secretary of state was padding her frequent flyer account, flying hither and yon and ignoring warnings from her people on the ground in Libya. They wanted more security. They got less, and the ambassador and three others were killed. Furthermore, according to my sources, another American soldier may still be in the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. recovering from wounds incurred during a valiant effort at relieving the besieged annex.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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