Paul Greenberg

His greatest challenge now may be to just light, as we say in these latitudes, at least till he catches his breath and is off and running again. He's probably already on the phone dictating memos, talking to buddies and planning his next big move, probably all at once.

Here's my advice, not that Mr. Clinton has ever taken it. It's what Mama would say, and often did: As long as you're healthy ... you can be happy, wealthy, wise or whatever you want to be. But health comes first. Get well and then get back to making good news instead of scaring us all half to death every time the docs decide your heart needs a little more work.

Even the most high-powered sports car needs regular check-ups, especially the most high-powered sports cars. Their engines, like Bill Clinton's, get a lot of revving. Now it's time for him to rest up if he can stand it. At least for a day or so. Then, Lord willing, he can produce his next high-minded speech or low outrage. Whichever is, or both at the same time, it'll be good to have him back in the headlines in some context other than medical. We columnists need the grist.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.