Bill Clinton had achieved the esteem of most Americans as a former President. His bi-partisan efforts with former President George H. W. Bush on International Catastrophe Relief were admired at home and abroad. Most Americans fondly remembered Clinton's eight years as having a strong economy. Former Presidents have tended to stay largely out of the public eye. Richard Nixon eschewed all corporate Boards and speaking for Honorariums because he thought it was inappropriate for an ex-President to take them. Ronald Reagan and George Bush were both criticized for taking large fees for foreign speeches. Gerald Ford cashed in quietly on numerous corporate Boards but avoided publicity about these activities. Former Presidents are supposed to be circumspect and above partisan bickering. Living former Presidents has by tradition and good taste refrained from criticizing their successors and avoided overtly partisan politics. Sure, Ronald Reagan endorsed Vice President George Bush and Eisenhower endorsed Vice President Nixon in 1960 and also endorses Richard Nixon before the General's death in 1968, but both avoided partisan attacks. Even when peppery Harry Truman was displeased with John F. Kennedy as a Democratic Presidential candidate, his public comments were spared while his political activity behind the scene to stop Kennedy was intense. Jimmy Carter became more critical of Ronald Reagan in his elder years and has had no compunction against criticizing George W. Bush but, just as when he was President, few Americans view Carter as a heavy-weight or take his opinions, particularly on foreign affairs, seriously. Bill Clinton escaped impeachment, Chinese funny-money scandals, selling the Lincoln bedroom, Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky and the Marc Rich pardon scandal, to be viewed as a successful and well-liked President. Chris Wallace notwithstanding, Clinton avoided blame for his early mishandling of Al-Qaeda. Sadly, Bill Clinton has gone from a respected elder statesman to a red faced, vein-popping, cranky old man. His combativeness is unseemly for a former President. Voters now remember that they once thought he would say and do anything to win political power. Slick Willie is back and this time his ill-temper is showing. Clinton's dismissal of Obama's victory in South Carolina by comparing the Illinois Senator to Jesse Jackson was a naked attempt to "negroize" Obama and divides the electorate along racial lines. It's Bill Clinton's version of the Southern Strategy. It is despicable. Overnight our "First Black President" has become a race-baiting demagogue but unlike Theodore Billbo, Eugene Talmadge, Lester Maddox and George Wallace, Clinton's racial rhetoric is more subtle but no less intentional. Bill Clinton is squandering his legacy and as Frank Rich of the New York Times points out, is opening himself up to scrutiny of his post-Presidential financial affairs. This is part of the price for reentering the arena as an attack-dog and shedding the mantle of a Statesman.