Bill Clinton, just mailing it in

Campaigning in South Carolina on behalf of his wife, Bill Clinton said today that that the married coupled that engaged in the deadly mass shooting San Bernardino, California, had never been to the Middle East. But as Nathan McDermott of BuzzFeed points out, one of the shooters was raised in the region and the other had made several trips there.

Tashfeen Malik was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia for most of her life. Syed Rizwan Farook, Malik’s American-born husband, had also been to Saudi Arabia multiple times, including for several weeks in 2013 as part of a pilgrimage to Mecca. The next year, Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia again and returned with Malik after they had met online.

There was a time when Bill Clinton was as good as anyone I’ve seen on the campaign trail. By 2008, he seemed only so-so.

Eight years later, he looks more and more like an embarrassment.