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Why Hillary’s loss may have been Bill’s gain

Strange as it may seem to say after Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss in the Democratic primaries, but Bill Clinton “has dodged the bullet yet again,” said Timothy Noah in Slate.com.

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Strange as it may seem to say after Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss in the Democratic primaries, but Bill Clinton “has dodged the bullet yet again,” said Timothy Noah. Conventional wisdom holds that Hillary’s loss was a humiliating setback for her husband, who was deprived of his triumphant return to the world stage. But what would a Hillary Clinton administration really have been like for Bill? He couldn’t have held any “meaningful post” in his wife’s administration, because a 1967 anti-nepotism law forbids the president from giving any relative a job “over which he or she has authority.” As a private citizen, Clinton enjoys wide freedom to run his namesake foundation. But if he were first spouse, every contribution he solicited could be construed as a “shakedown” from the White House, so he probably would have had to give that up. And it goes without saying that “a Hillary presidency would inhibit Bill’s penchant for fun and games,” which at the very least includes hanging out with billionaires known for being “on the prowl.” That’s hard to do when you’re busy “running the White House Easter egg roll.”

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