Former Labor Secretary and current liberal pundit Robert Reich made it all up, he tells Time magazine, a clever answer to a stupid question from The New York Times about a date they had in college and what it might reveal about a Hillary presidency. But the anecdote, coming in the summer of 2008, made it into the Times Magazine "Questions for..." column, where surely no one would notice.

Given Iowa's traditional ties with the butter industry, this exercise in butterfat revisionism may be the most substantive sign yet that Clinton will not be a candidate.