JUNE 28, 2006
Missing (Bill) Clinton
BY MARY ANNA TOWLER
It was a sight to see: hundreds of alternative-newspaper people standing and cheering Bill Clinton as he walked onstage, hanging on his every word through a nearly hour-long talk and 45 minutes of questions, and then rushing to the stage to shake his hand, get his autograph, and take his picture.
When Clinton was president, alt-weeklies published plenty of attacks on him. And a good many of us are way farther to the left than he is. But when Clinton addressed the annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies earlier this month in Little Rock, you’d have thought he was talking to a room full of supporters at the height of an election campaign.
Asked his opinion about Robert Kennedy Jr.’s recent article in Rolling Stone, charging that John Kerry, not George Bush, won the majority of votes in Ohio and thus won the 2004 presidential election, Clinton said Kennedy made “a compelling case.”
And, he said, “I think there’s no question that Al Gore would have won Florida” if all the votes had been counted accurately and all the people who wanted to vote had been able to.