Originally created 05/06/02

The new 'Survivor'?



Former Vice President (and presidential candidate) Al Gore must be seething at the news that his pal, former President William Jefferson Clinton, is pondering hosting a television talk show.

Just when Gore thought he could shore up his reputation and lose the Clinton legacy, up pops Bill to steal his thunder once again. Gore will never have a chance at the presidency if Clinton gets the stage.

But the idea is surely the best thing for talk-radio hosts, who have little to gripe about with President George W. Bush in the White House. He's made their job tougher, as all they have is Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-Nebraska, to kick around, and that's boring fodder if there ever was any.

If Clinton got on stage, the ribald jokes and political jabs would start anew.

Perhaps one day Clinton could interview former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, and the next day he could get disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding to don some boxing gloves and show him how she went after Paula Jones' new nose in that recent celebrity boxing match.

He could take up where Oprah's book club left off. The possibilities are endless.

Could "The Man From Hope" smooth-talk the nation once again? Probably, as he has that bad-boy-good-boy combination that is still irresistible to the average American. We'd tune in to him just like we tune in to watch Geraldo Rivera - not out of respect, but some weird fascination, like people have toward a circus freak show.

On the other hand, doesn't the whole prospect of a Clinton talk show make you want to go home and take a shower?