Charles Pierce at Esquire turns his eye to Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy and reminds us that, while Hillary is riding a wave of popularity at the moment, the same people--"the vast right wing conspiracy"--who tried to destroy her husband will surely be on the prowl again and, indeed, already are.
The point should be obvious, but, if it isn't, see The Hunting of the President by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, The Clinton Wars by Sydney Blumenthal, Blinded by the Right by David Brock, and Fools for Scandal by Gene Lyons.
The Clintons are not naive and take all this for granted. They are quite experienced in dealing with the fever swamps of American politics. They do not suffer from the fantasy that bipartisanship is possible under the current political arrangements. They understand that the only way to deal is to win.
Which they are quite good at, and which is why they are so detested in some quarters. They don't run from the room at the first whiff of political gunpowder. Quite the contrary, in fact. They rally to it.
Politics ain't beanbag, in other words. Some people know this and accept it. Others go chasing after what Sharon Dymond calls "Bipartisan, the delusional dog." This is one reason Clinton has cleared the field on the Democratic side. Rank and file Democrats know that the Clintons can deal with the onslaught and come out winning.