CNN's Wolf Blitzer wondered publicly on Thursday when in the world Bill Clinton would bury his hard feelings, his sense of being misunderstood, unappreciated, abused, etc. and endorse Barack Obama.
An exchange Thursday on MSNBC's Hardball between David Boren, former governor and senator from Oklahoma and current president of the University of Oklahoma, and Hardball moderator Chris Matthews, won't make it any easier for Bubba to bury his hurt feelings:
MATTHEWS: "Who`s smarter, Bush or Barack?"
BOREN: "I think that Barack has one of the highest IQs that I've ever observed in American politics."
Nobody is surprised to hear Boren opine that Obama is smarter than "W," but the designation of having one of the highest IQs ever in American politics is supposed to belong to Bill Clinton. (Couldn't Boren have included a Bill Clinton clause in his comment?) Even Clinton's critics, pointing to his romps with Monica Lewinsky just outside the Oval Office spouted what became the cliché: "How can someone so smart be so stupid?"
So Bill now not only has to give up his favorite appellation: "the rock start ex-president" to Barack, a generation younger, 40 lbs thinner, incalculably more disciplined, and eons more authentic. Bill also has to give up his other claim to fame: his soaring, incomparable intelligence.
One more note, it was surprising that Chris Matthews didn't ask David Boren about his son, Dan, a congressman from Oklahoma -- the lone democrat in the state's delegation-- who has announced that he will vote for Obama but not formally endorse him because Obama is too liberal for the younger Boren's district.
Matthews flogged the older Boren's new book, A Letter to America, but didn't ask what would have been on the minds of the political junkies who comprise Hardball's small but savvy audience. Matthews is said to be lobbying for his friend Tim Russert's seat at the Meet the Press table. Not asking was out of character for the insatiably curious Matthews. Was he trying to behave himself so the suits at NBC might overcome doubts about his temperament and give him the Meet the Press nod?
The question about the father, who serves on Obama's Senior Working Group on National Security, and the son, who seems conflicted about Obama, was one that Russert would certainly have asked.