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As Gibbs Goes, So Goes Clinton?

Is Clinton's Fate tied mysteriously to that of Hall-of-Fame Coach Joe Gibbs?

By Russ Walker
Far from the flood of voters heading to the polls in New Hampshire today, Joe Gibbs resigned as head coach and president of the Washington Redskins.

The last time the Redskins won the Super Bowl was Jan. 26, 1992, beating the Buffalo Bills 37-24. That same night Bill and Hillary Clinton went on "60 Minutes," in a special post-game interview, to discuss the allegations by Gennifer Flowers that she and the then-Democratic hopeful had engaged in an affair.

It was in that interview that Hillary Rodham Clinton, defending her marriage, told interviewer Steve Kroft: "You know, I'm not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him and I respect him and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together, and, you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him."

The CBS doubleheader was just ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 18, 1992 where Clinton managed to come in second and become the "comeback kid."

The coach, of course, was Joe Gibbs.

Gibbs returned to the Redskins in the middle of Bush II, and Washingtonians hoped he'd return the team to its previous successes on the gridiron. And as Gibbs was coaching again, another Clinton was preparing to take the field of politics to return the country to the high-rolling 90s era.

Gibbs's return, of course, didn't work out the way fans hoped it would. The jury's still out on another Clinton's return to the presidential trail.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 8, 2008; 2:39 PM ET
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