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By then, though, it was all but over for Mrs. Clinton, who already had leaked out (herself) that she had no intention of returning for another term (should that even occur). She seemed to decide that if she was going to answer that 3 a.m. phone call, she ought to at least be able to make the decision on what to do.

Rush Limbaugh, as he often does, summed it up best: “Somebody has to wear the pantsuit in this White House.”

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jcurl@