by Max Brantley
What's this? Some of the people who worked hardest against Bill Clinton's run for president in 1992 are at peace with Hillary Clinton's candidacy? People like Richard Mellon Scaife, who underwrote the Clinton Project, and Cliff Jackson, the Hot Springs lawyer?
Most interesting. It's in the NY Times today. It by no means suggests that there's an absence of conservative opposition to Hillary, but:
Christopher Ruddy, who once worked full-time for Mr. Scaife investigating the Clintons and now runs a conservative online publication he co-owns with Mr. Scaife, said, “Both of us have had a rethinking.”
“Clinton wasn’t such a bad president,” Mr. Ruddy said. “In fact, he was a pretty good president in a lot of ways, and Dick feels that way today.”
As for the conservative response to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, Mr. Ruddy said, “The level of intensity and anger toward Hillary is not getting to the level that it was toward Bill Clinton when he was president.” He added, “She has moderated and developed a separate image.”
... For every conservative who says Mrs. Clinton will feel the wrath of the movement’s grass-roots organizers later in the campaign, particularly if she becomes her party’s nominee, another expresses doubt that Clinton foes can ever be revved up as they once were.
Some of her former antagonists say that terrorism and war have made the political battles of her husband’s administration — gay men and lesbians in the military, the White House travel office, Monica Lewinsky — seem remote, if not trivial.
“I think the country is burned out on it,” said Cliff Jackson, a lawyer in Little Rock, Ark., who helped set in motion several scandals involving accusations of philandering by Mr. Clinton. Mr. Jackson said he had no plans to oppose Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy, and in a personal blog he recently praised her husband’s post-presidential efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.