Why They Call Bill Clinton 'Big Dog'
In avoidance of the political conventions, I turned to a character named
Described as a
In one unforgettable episode, the ceiling of a crawl space gives way, dumping a nest of squirming rats on the Turtleman's head. On another show he submerges in a pond of reeking manure to grab a rogue turtle that's been biting cows on the ankles.
You can understand why the Turtleman is a superstar.
Personally -- and I speak for many Americans -- I'd rather watch a man flop around with wild rodents in his hair than listen to another political speech.
Unfortunately, the Turtleman's time slot is early in the evening, so while flipping channels late, I occasionally stumbled into convention coverage. Usually, I paused to see who was speaking and hear what they were saying.
Then, when my gums began to bleed, I moved on.
Something unexpected happened when I came across the
I put down the remote and watched. It was intriguing not just because of Clinton's obvious gifts as a speaker, but also because of what it says about the American heart.
Remember that this was a guy whose horndog ways almost torpedoed his second term of office, handing the Republicans enough ammunition to stage an impeachment trial that derailed his agenda and sapped the nation's energy for many long, infuriating months.
Who knows what else Clinton might have accomplished if he'd been content with just a peck on the cheek from
Yet even after the scandal he walked out of the
Which is basically the political equivalent of a Beatle.
Ex-presidents typically are held in higher esteem, but Clinton's aura is different. It's true that he's done good things since leaving office -- his work in
Clinton clicks with an audience in a way that few politicians can. Look around
The two men running for president have proven they can deliver good speeches, but neither of them have Clinton's uncommonly common touch. His performance last week was off the charts.
He spoke from experience about the job of being president, about rebuilding a damaged economy, about national security, about the lost art of compromise and cooperation. He was animated and fervent and even fatherly.
In support of
Americans are well aware of Clinton's personal flaws, but he is still liked and admired by an overwhelming majority. It's partly nostalgia for a better time, but it's also the fact that Clinton has always known how to talk to people in a way they understand.
An ordinary politician would have been destroyed by an impeachment trial, but after all this time he's still hot on the campaign trail, still chasing votes for the Democrats. It's not a resurrection; the man never went away.
Eight years under the hottest, most merciless spotlight is plenty for most mortals.
The world of politics can be as putrid and suffocating as a cattle pond, but Clinton is like our eternal Turtleman. He loves making a splash, and he's good at it.
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