Program note: Watch Tom Foreman's full report about how Former President Bill Clinton's foundation fund raising affects a possible Secretary of State position for Hillary Clinton. Tonight, 10p ET.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Harry Houdini used to perform a famous trick called The Metamorphosis.
He would be handcuffed, sealed in a large cloth bag, and stuffed into a trunk, which was wrapped in chains. His wife, Bess, would then raise a curtain, and in a flash, he would be standing free, and she would be discovered locked and sealed inside the trunk.
It was a trick that required discipline, carefully orchestrated movements, and teamwork; and the Washington heirs to Houdini’s throne are Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Lest anyone doubt their commitment to being the dynamic duo of miracle working politicians, just witness his latest agreement to divulge information about donors to his foundation as a way of possibly clearing her path to becoming Secretary of State.
People have been after these records for a long time, and the former president has resisted their calls. But now he is giving in, because it could help her. The Clintons, for all their widely publicized personal storms, have been married for thirty-three years. They have survived a governorship, a presidency, eight years in the Senate, and every prediction that they are finally fading from the Washington scene.
To the contrary: Many Republicans I’ve talked to since the last election seem more willing now than ever before to admit a grudging respect for the Clintons’ political skills.
Like Harry and Bess, the Clintons have transformed themselves time and again; emerging victorious from seemingly inescapable positions. Whether you like the Clintons or not, this is clear: Only a few months ago some were saying they were on their way out in the world of big league politics. Now, presto, they once again are looking like one of the nation’s premiere power couples.
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