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The Reverend Wright on Bill Clinton and Monica

04/30/2008 08:17 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

So here I am this afternoon paging through my soon-to-be-published Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the White House, for a reading I'm giving tonight.

And I find a quote that I forgot was in the book because it went to press before the Reverend Wright controversy erupted in full. The quote seems particularly interesting in light of the heat Obama is taking over Wright's outrageous statements about HIV/AIDs and Zionism and the American government as terrorist.

Contrary to conventional wisdom that Bill Clinton was "good" for the African American community, Wright preached, "He did the same thing to us that he did to Monica Lewinsky."

One wonders if Bill O'Reilly will ask HIllary Clinton about that quote, first reported in the the Baltimore Sun, when he interviews her tonight and tomorrow.

Given Hillary's frequent mentions of how wonderful the Clinton administration was for all Americans -- "What is it that you don't like?" she asks. "The peace or the prosperity" -- would it be fair for a talk show host or a journalist to ask, "Do you agree with Wright's assessment of your husband's administration?"

It won't happen because, luckily for the Clintons, Monica and impeachment and various scandals of the 1990s are not considered appropriate subjects for serious coverage of this campaign. Barack Obama has not been afforded that luxury.