Durst: Hillary Clinton

It isn't the budget bills that Washington is all atwitter over, but the Battle of the Bills. Safire vs. Clinton. We haven't seen this kind of raw excitement since Tyson vs. McNeeley. First, Bill Safire calls Hillary Clinton "a congenital liar", which coming from a man who used to write speeches for Nixon and Agnew has to be the worst case of the one of those "pot and the kettle and the color black" things in the history of hyperbole. Almost as ludicrous as Al D'Amato questioning the heading the Senate Ethics Committee, but not quite. Or it could be the highest form of compliment Mr. Safire's tiny twisted mind could conjure up, this side of nominating the First Lady for CIA chief. Then, sinking to this known journalist's level, the President threatens to deliver "a more forceful response to the bridge of Mr. Safire's nose", which although chivalrous, could set a precedent sending him out on a national round of fundraising to be known as "The Bruised Knuckles" tour. This isn't the first time the President has sprung to his wife's defense. In a 1992 debate when Jerry Brown brought up Hillary's alleged influence peddling, Bill got riled and yelled at him for "jumping on my wife", which according to Rush Limbaugh, happens to be one of the sins Vince Foster was guilty of.

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