Blumenthal Back to Working For a Clinton
Sid Blumenthal had cultivated a strong relationship with Hillary Clinton when he was Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, so when he quit to join the Clinton White House in 1997, there were jokes about whether he'd ask for back pay.
Since his controversial tenure as an assistant to the 42nd president--Blumenthal wound up having to testify on the Monica Lewinsky messiness--he has, among other things, been a Bush-bashing columnist for Salon.
Now, to no one's great shock, Blumenthal is again abandoning the world of punditry to join Hillary's campaign. Salon Editor Joan Walsh broke the news this morning:
"His incisive thinking and incomparable writing will be missed. Sidney was our Washington bureau chief during the 2004 election, presided over one of the best accounts of George W. Bush's missing year in the Texas Air National Guard, and has been a weekly Salon columnist since 2003."
The onetime Washington Post and New Republic writer has plenty of contacts in the press. But he also became something of a lightning rod for criticism during his White House stint, particularly after his longtime friend Christopher Hitchens said Sid had described Lewinsky to him as a "stalker" of the president. Blumenthal's hiring will undoubtedly give Hillary Clinton's detractors a new target.
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