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When Bushies and Clintonites Collide, and Have Fun

OK, so maybe it's not the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. But this bipartisan craze - faithfully chronicled in several recent Sleuth postings; click here and here to read them - does seem to be spreading across town. Now we have Clintonites and Bushies - not just the former presidents - palling around together.

In this case, it's a chief spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and the top homeland security advisor to President Bush who are all chummy. Philippe Reines, Clinton's Senate spokesman, and Fran Townsend, President Bush's top homeland security advisor, were recently spotted having drinks at the Mayflower hotel Town & Country lounge.

What in the world were those two talking about? sources in the bar wondered.

Could it be that Townsend, who worked in the last Clinton administration before becoming a Bushie, is plotting a return to the other side, in the event there is another Clinton administration? (Townsend worked in the Justice Department under Attorney General Janet Reno.)

Or maybe, the Sleuth and her Mayflower bar informants wondered, Reines, a true man about town, social butterfly extraordinaire, was playing the role of dashing diplomat, reporting back to the Clinton camp with any interesting intel he may have gleaned on the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program or border security or some such.

Townsend had no comment, and Reines didn't see the slightest bit of intrigue in his meeting with the president's homeland security advisor. Though we sure did. And so did Steve Clemons, a lefty foreign policy guru who writes The Washington Note blog.

Clemons was so intrigued, in fact, that he blogged about his eyewitness account of the Reines and Townsend meeting. (The posting only lasted on his web site for a few moments before it was quickly taken down for reasons not entirely clear. He told us in an email from India, where he was traveling this week, that his posting was "meant to be a fun, affirming wink across the bar blog post - but it quickly escalated to defcon 5" between Reines and a third party who was also in the lounge that night. Clemons said Reines "never asked me to change a thing. I did it out of courtesy.")

So what was this unlikely confab all about? Reines says it's this simple: "Two New Yorkers commiserating over the Yankees. And if that is blogworthy, we have truly reached the end of the Internet."

Let's hope not!

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 26, 2007; 7:00 AM ET
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Could it be possible that Townsend is one of those talented people whose experience and expertise transcend the need for politicians to have "one of their own" contribute to the nation? This will surely cause the right and left exstremes massive discomfort.

Posted by: actuator | October 26, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

It's easy to tell what the Bushes-Clintons are conferring about--they're doing their usual noble actions of helping America, by setting up the ruling class for the next few years under the plan of Government by Internal Agreement.

With the help of the NY Times and The Washington Post and such, they can reach consensual agreement that after Queen Hillary has reigned (by divine right) for 8 years, then we can have 8 years of King Jeb, President Smirk's smarter [which is hardly a compliment] brother.

By then, the next generation, beginning with Princess Chelsea, can take over. After 8 years of Chelsea, we can have either (or both) of the Bush twins take over--if they have by then sobered up and discovered Jesus.

After that, well, it doesn't much matter because by 2016 America will no longer be whatever it was that made her great and noble and prosperous and free. And people won't ever have to bother themselves or tear themselves away from their all-engrossing self-entertainment by trying to think about political matters. Or by voting.

"O brave new world, that has such people in it!"

Posted by: RadicalPatriot | October 26, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind having a woman president. But I do want to elect someone that is competent. Hillary Clinton has been a lousy senator. She has not acheived any major successes for the American people as senator.

She has however managed to help send our troops to Iraq. She has the blood of our troops on her hands.

Hillary Clinton has also managed to get rich from filling her pockets with the money of special interest groups and lobbyists.

Plus, how can she run this country if she can not teach her husband how to keep his zipper up?

Posted by: AndreaT1 | October 26, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

HRC has establishment written all over her. Oops their goes another American Job.

Posted by: B Meyer | October 27, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

HRC's association with WJC is absolutely the only reason she has made it this far. She has done NOTHING on her own to establish presidential level credentials. How can simply being a woman trump the proven accomplishments of so many of the other candidates? It doesn't. What it demonstrates is the incredible stupidity and lack of objectivity of the media and their powerful influence on so many in the electorate. Sadly, it will probably be to the nation's detriment.

Posted by: actuator | October 29, 2007 7:45 AM | Report abuse

These two aristocratic families have been having fun together for 17 years and hope for continued play for a least 4 more years.

Posted by: Darby Marcum | October 29, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

A vote for Hillary is another vote for George W. Bush.

Posted by: Jane | October 29, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

At one time I was behind Hillery all the way, but she stopped believeing in herself, and started to be one in the Bush regime. There once was nazism, and now it's bushism!

Posted by: marta | October 29, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Townsend Talented?!

Posted by: William Stricklin | October 29, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If you managed to work for the Bush Administration all these years and didn't resign in protest by now (pick from a long list of valid reasons) then you've demonstrated a complete lack of moral compass and have fulfilled your role as the "good german". Hey, it's not my department!? If you couldn't recognize evil in its normal, banal, form then you have no possible claim to have worked for the good of the country. How sad.

Posted by: thebob | October 29, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I would not vote for hillary unless someone like Webb was on the ticket

Posted by: marinemomof3 | October 30, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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