Ten days after I wrote a column in 2013 that was headlined "Just being Hillary Clinton isn't enough," I ran into her at a social event. She was on the way out and I was coming in and so we just chatted briefly. Referring to my column, she said, "Richard, I wil have a message" and then quickly added, "If I run." Well, she's running, and we're still waiting to find out why. The icky commercial she used to announce her candidacy was hardly a position paper.
Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old by the end of this year (Dec. 12) and already the commemorations have begun—an exhibition at the New York Public Library, a two-part documentary on HBO and the reissuance of several books. The music endures, but so does the dirt. Of the dirt, there is plenty. Sinatra was lousy to his first wife, Nancy, publicly cavorting with Ava Gardner while still married.