no secret that Bill Clinton likes women. But a
And not just any Republican but one who is
seeking to deny the Democrats a chance to
reclaim the White House that Clinton reluctantly
vacated eight years ago.
Yet here is the former president, a prominent
Democrat, describing Sarah Palin, the GOP
nominee for vice president, as "hot"
and saying her husband is "my kind of
In an interview with CNBC last week Clinton
called the Alaska governor an "effective
candidate" and he told reporters in New
York last Monday he can understand her appeal to
voters, especially those in the heartland.
"I come from Arkansas," he said.
"I get why she's hot out there, why she's
"People look at her, and they say, `All
those kids. Something that happens in
everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her
daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that
girl's going around with her boy friend. Glad
they're going to get married.
"I like that little Down syndrome kid. One
of them lives down the street. They're wonderful
children. They're wonderful people.
"And I like the idea that this guy does
those long distance races. Stayed in the race
for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of
Clinton was referring to Alaska's "First
Dude" Todd Palin, who is a four-time winner
of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race.
With these remarks, it was almost as if Clinton
– the most famous "Bubba" in
American political history -- were describing
He stopped short of endorsing Palin as John
McCain's running mate. But he might have given
her a new title: "America's Favorite
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Robert L. Haught is author of The POTUS
Chronicles: Bubba Between the Bushes.