At the eleventh hour, Hillary Clinton made an appearance in Singapore as part of the effort to convince delegates of the International Olympic Committee to select New York City as the site of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. If the New York Times’ report of the event is accurate (which, of course, is, at best, a crapshoot), it must have been a display rivaled in the Disgusting Department only by Fear Factor’s regular installments of people gobbling up cockroaches for money.
But while many of the I.O.C. representatives were ducking some of the high-profile names seeking to woo their vote, at least one turned the tables: Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was greeted like a rock star as she made her way around this tidy Asian island on Tuesday promoting the city’s bid for the 2012 Summer Games. Delegates sought to have their picture taken with her, or at least get her autograph. And while many showed up late for their meetings with representatives of the five cities bidding, for Mrs. Clinton they showed up early, sometimes standing in line.
The good news is that it is probably too late in the game for her appearance to make a difference. I would prefer that the Olympics and its attendant lunacy take place in Paris, London, Madrid, or Moscow, rather than just across the river from the House by the Parkway.
The bad news is that she probably will not decide to stay in Singapore and run for office there.