WASHINGTON, November 10, 2016 — As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was giving her concession speech before tearful supporters, one could not help but notice a frail and sickly scarecrow of a man smirking as he stood behind her.
It was her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked for,” said Mrs. Clinton of her loss Tuesday night. “And I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country. … We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.”
It was her way of saying that a substantial number of Americans rejected the shaky legacy of outgoing President Obama and the cesspool of corruption that springs eternal from the Clintons’ private and public lives.
Tuesday night witnessed the sad culmination of Mrs. Clinton’s sacrifices to that private life. These sacrifices include her shriveled soul, the price she paid for her lies to a federal grand jury over unscrupulous business dealings in Arkansas; they include the endless humiliations brought on by her husband’s “bimbo eruptions,” and her efforts to intimidate said bimbos into silence.
Shouldn’t all the years of demeaning self-flagellation come with a payoff? Like, say, the White House?
Her fawning admirers in the mainstream media certainly thought so. They believed no one would vote for a man who never served a day in elective office, who is no friend to political correctness, who refused to court the press and who doesn’t engage in influence peddling on behalf of a shady family foundation just to earn a lousy buck.
Which leads one to ask, what will the Clintons sell Qatar and Saudi Arabia now?
In 2008, Melinda Henneberger at Slate said the glue holding the Clinton marriage together was “the constant forward motion of two people who are living, eating, drinking, and breathing politics.”
Donald Trump is the Clinton’s unbalanced opposition found in Newton’s First Law of Inertia.
As author Jerry Oppenheimer observed in his book “State of the Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton”:
“Bill’s relationship with Hillary—always so closely intertwined with his political career—floundered badly after his  loss [as governor of Arkansas]. Hillary had little patience with weakness, and no interest in being paired with a loser.”
The shoe is now on the other foot, and one can’t help but wonder if that inspired Bill Clinton’s impish smirk.