"Bill Clinton's been able to continue to be the Bill Clinton we know in large part because of his relationship with the White House and because his wife is the secretary of State," a Clinton associate tells Ryan Lizza of New Yorker magazine. "It worked out very well for him. That may be a very cynical way to look at it, but that's a fact. A lot of the stuff he's doing internationally is aided by his level of access."
During an appearance on CNN, New Yorker scribe Ryan Lizza first acknowledged he intended to "politicize the storm," then he connected the dots: "When anyone talks about Katrina, the first thing they remember is the crisis management of the Bush administration, which I think was widely judged to be a failure.