In this case the ‘truth’ of the question is about partisan loyalty, refracted through the historical lens of the Weinstein scandal- our Present illuminates the Past? And Joe has always been a political conformist : I was a reader of his since he wrote for the New York Observer, and called Ralph Nader a ‘spoiler’ in the 2000 election.
And if Joe isn’t a Clinton partisan, he is, at the least, a Clinton ‘fellow traveler’! How did Joe convince the Clintons that he offered them something that other ‘reporters’ couldn’t ? At the least Joe isn’t a doormat, but probably can be counted on to follow The Clinton Party Line. Voila! Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.
Andy Divine’s various political incarnations are a fact, and so is his opportunism: his role is now that of Political Moralist, he competes with David Brooks in the arena of the ersatz. Ms. Goldberg’s essay offers Andy an opportunity to gesticulate, chatter and roll his eyes, rhetorically speaking!