Former President Bill Clinton is a "classic narcissist" who is "always faithful [only] to himself" and who may not want his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary, to realize her ambitions for the White House in 2016, Daniel Halper, author of the book Clinton, Inc., suggested today.
When speaking to Clinton confidantes, Halper said he was initially skeptical of these rumors, but found that many sources independently confirmed each other, and, "All of a sudden it begins to make sense. [When] you start hearing [this] from multiple people, from multiple good sources, and you start to realize - this is a man who has cheated on his wife, he is not always faithful to his wife. He is always faithful to himself. He is a classic narcissist. He is a selfish man. And you start to realize, maybe that makes sense. It kind of explains all his stupid actions leading up to [her run.]"
Halper suggested that Bill's response to a question on Hillary's health, that it had taken her "six months" to recover from a brain injury, has been seen by some as deliberate sabotage. His answer made it "a million times worse. Why would he say something like that? Is he trying to help her, or is he trying to hurt her? There are certain things throughout Bill Clinton's campaigning for her that aides have looked at and thought, 'this guy, he's not doing her any favors.'"
Halper also made it clear that Hillary is "not as talented a politician as her husband."
When Hillary speaks honestly she "sounds bad" and "comes off as out of touch" because she cannot win people over the way "Bubba" can.
"Bill Clinton is her biggest asset because he is this genius, artful politician, but he is also so clearly her biggest liability," Halper said.
To this day, Bill Clinton still has close friends in the political world - and some of those friends are unlikely. Halper revealed that Bill calls former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for occasional late-night chats on the phone about politics.
"The Clintons are incredibly outlandish people - it's like trying to follow a soap opera," Halper said. His remarks were made while promoting his book at the Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C.