Papers like The Post thrive on what Edgar Allan Poe called the 'imp of the perverse.' By zigging when others expect it to zag, The Post puts itself in the thick of the national discussion and asserts itself as something other than a money-losing tabloid that people in an island off the coast of America pick up mostly for gossip and sports.Tabloids thrive on heat. They love a running story, but they also get bored easily.... Col Allan, the editor of The Post, is someone who lives and dies by understanding the moment. And it is his opinion, and that of Mr. Murdoch, that this moment does not belong to the Clintons.In its purest form, The Post functions as a kind of mood ring and mirrors the public’s lack of enthusiasm for a package presidency that has Bill Clinton in campaign mode again. The Post has lost its appetite for Mrs. Clinton for the same reason that they lost interest in Paris Hilton: that wasn’t the story their readers wanted.