“Right before I came over here, I began -- true to my dear ancestors -- what will be about a 30-hour marathon effort to close as many gaps as I can in the Irish peace process,” President Clinton told a DNC dinner Monday night. To this end, St. Patrick’s Day is fully booked: Bertie Ahern, Gerry Adams and David Trimble will all get the Clinton treatment.
Which should make for some nice photo opportunities. But the May deadline for an all-party agreement on the shape of a Belfast legislature is fast approaching. Trimble’s Ulster Unionists still refuse to accept Sinn Fein back into the talks. And Adams, even after meeting Clinton, would not completely renounce violence. Whether a pint of Guinness at the White House tonight will change their minds remains to be seen.