The New York Connection

Monday, May 09, 2005

Joe Klein Holding Court on Hillary: "Please, please, another Clinton saga!"

Why is Joe Klein of Time Magazine considered an expert on anything? As far as I can tell, he happens to have a column in Time, and that's kind of it.

I was having a fascinating conversation with a Middle East expert about the intricacies of Israel's disengagement from Gaza when I noticed the fellow growing impatient. "Enough of this," he said. "What about Hillary?" Welcome to my life.

What does the author of Primary Colors expect? He has made his life the elevation, bashing, and trashing of the Pop Culture Clintons, so why would he expect anyone to give two shits about what he thinks about the Middle East? He's an uber-insider who traffics in the irrelevancies of inside baseball, and now whines when he can't opine with adequate adulation from the crowd. But don't take my word for it. Here's Klein covering himself in gossip slime:

In airports, on checkout lines, at the doctor's office: "What about Hillary?" (Everywhere except in Washington, where everyone "knows" she's running.)

Everyone? Kind of reminds you of an old joke about a conversation between two Vanity Fair employees.

"There was a plane crash today. 233 people died."
"Anyone on it?"

But the Hillary supporters aren't particularly great, either. And it's all a big kabuki dance, too, the fight between the trashy Klein and the insider idiotic old corporate feminists.

"You mean she can't run just because her husband was President?" a Hillary supporter yelled at me. "That is the most incredibly sexist thing I've ever heard."

"Not women anymore": rape as a weapon in DR Congo kind of puts the whole thing in perspective.


(By the way, I doubt Klein hears about Hillary 'everywhere'. He just wants to so that he can sell another Primary Colors and be a personality expert circa 1990s, probably the most profitable career track for pundits. I've met this guy, and he's profoundly weird.)


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