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Former President Bill Clintaddresses Democratic National ConventiCharlotte N.C. Wednesday Sept. 5 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Updated: December 30, 2012 3:53PM


A new “jig” gig for former President Bill Clinton?

Sneed hears Clinton, who was just in Ireland, accompanied by his golf bag, might be interested in adding a new, cushy job to his impressive resume.

◆The job: Rumble is Clinton may become the next U.S. ambassador to Ireland when the current ambassador, Dan Rooney, 80, retires after the first of the year.

◆Consider: Clinton (born Blythe) is of Irish descent; it’s a perfect venue for Bill’s blarney and blather; it’s a great place to bring a hoped-for grandchild; he and his exhausted wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, could still work on their Clinton Global Initiative and have a tranquil place for Hillary to wind down after leaving office before gearing up for her run for the presidency in 2016, and he has a grateful President Obama who would do almost anything for him.

The Mel man . . .

Only in Chicago! Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds’ announcement Wednesday that he’s tossing his hat in the ring to run for former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s vacated seat (which Sneed tipped last week) was a trip down memory lane.

◆Translation: It was a Sneed column item in the early 1990s that exclusively began the Mel Reynolds scandal, leading to his imprisonment for sexual misconduct and wire fraud. Reynolds’ sentence was commuted by President Clinton during his last days in office.

◆Memo to Mel: Sneed does believe in second chances.

The Hill swill . . .

Booze bonding: U.S. Sen. John McCain may have a shotgun pointed at U.N. envoy Susan Rice for her handling of the Libyan terrorist imbroglio — but not so for his good buddy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,who volunteered to take the public fall for the Libyan mess.

◆Instead, McCain’s got a shot glass pointed at Hillary.

◆To wit: The duo became close during a congressional trip to Estonia in 2004, when they participated in a vodka-drinking contest and McCain proclaimed Hillary “one of the guys.” Since then, they’ve done a lot of traveling and . . . friendly tippling together.

Where’s Mitt?

Former GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who is privately lunching with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, was last spotted . . .

1.) Pumping his own gas near La Jolla, Calif.

2.) At Disneyland with his grandchildren.

3.) Posting pictures on Facebook preparing Thanksgiving dinner with his wife, Ann.

Going Lowe . . .

Actor Rob Lowe, who played convicted wife murderer Drew Peterson in a made-for-TV Lifetime movie, will now star as prosecutor Jeff Ashton in a Lifetime flick about the trial of accused child murderer Casey Anthony. The movie, which is due to air in January, is based on Ashton’s book, “Imperfect Justice.”

It’s par for J.R. . . .

The late actor Larry “J.R. Ewing” Hagman, legendary star of the global hit TV series “Dallas” — who died Friday at 81 — will have his ashes scattered at the famous Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, where the show was filmed.

◆Translation: Well, some of his ashes. There are media reports that the eccentric actor, who was the son of the legendary stage star Mary “Peter Pan” Martin, wanted his ashes spread all over the world.

Sneedlings . . .

Condolences to the family of former Chicago Police Officer Robert “Bob” Rice, 68, who died Tuesday. Before retiring after a nearly three decade cop career, Rice was a consultant to actor Robert DeNiro, who was researching his role in the 1988 film “Midnight Run,” and the two became close friends. Sneed is told DeNiro called Rice a month ago when he heard he was seriously ill. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Blake Lamb Funeral home, 4727 W. 103rd St., in Oak Lawn. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Evergreen Park . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Garry Shandling, 63; Don Cheadle, 48, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 53.

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