For all the droll comments, this fund-raiser has attracted a lot of unwanted attention at a politically sensitive time. Yesterday, Fred Thompson blasted the President over "blatant manipulation" of the electoral system, and accused him of "perpetrating a ruse on the taxpayer." The sense that Clinton was morally in the wrong seems to be spreading — now even leading Democrats such as Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut say the White House fund-raisers "made me itch."
Never mind that Thompson's committee was halted Wednesday as senators protested campaign finance reform. That hardly made headlines next to the $50,000 Florida retreat. Tape-weary journalists everywhere must be praying no one brings a video camera along.