After Hillary accused Donald Trump of being a sexist, which, of course, he indubitably is, Trump, who believes that when hit one should hit back twice as hard, immediately pointed out, in his typically clumsy, sloppy but somehow effective way, that for someone married to Bill Clinton to play “the woman’s card” was, shall we say, hypocritical. Then fate took a hand: Bill Cosby finally faced a few bars of music in court, and some journalists and pundits began musing about the differences and similarities between Bill C. and Bill C. (I flagged this problem for the Clintons over a year ago.)
Then elder pundits did some figuring, and realized that a large number of younger voters, the Democratic Party’s base, don’t know very much at all about Monica, Paula, Kathleen, Juanita, Gennifer and Dolly, Bill Clinton’s impeachment, or loss of his law license, in part because the news media has been an active Clinton family enabler for over a decade, and in part because our education system fails to educate. Thus a decisive component of the Hillary cheering section just think of Bill as a revered former President elder statesman, and did not gag, as I did, when this guy of all guys was made the centerpiece of the 2012 Democratic National Convention themed to decry the “war on women.”
But wait! There’s more! When Trump carried his new vendetta to the Today Show, lovely, light-weight, biased co-host Savannah Guthrie revealed herself to be both ignorant and a tool by calling the Monica affair “alleged.” Mary Bruce on Good Morning America also referred to Bill’s infamous womanizing as “alleged sexual misconduct and infidelity.” Ignorance or Clinton protecting? Bill’s infidelity is as “alleged” as O.J.’s skills with a knife.
Finally, a feminist, Democrat, usually reliable Clinton ally on the Washington Post editorial staff, Ruth Marcus, Trump is right: “Bill Clinton’s sordid sexual history is fair game.” for Hillary opponents.
Which, of course, it is.
- Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy in representing herself as a champion of feminism when she repeatedly helped her husband discredit and intimidate women who accused him of sexual misconduct has always been a target for the right critic. I’m sorry it was Donald Trump, but to paraphrase Gozer the Gozerian, (and Glenn Reynolds) she chose her Destructor. Regardless of the agent, this is justice.
- Justice is to be desired by all.
- The Cosby drama and its Clintonesque features— a popular figure using celebrity, position and power to engage in serial sexual misconduct without consequences—occurring just as Bill’s infamous woman problems are again being scrutinized, may help focus Hillary fans on the essential cynicism and core rottenness of her candidacy. We can hope.
- That said, Cosby’s conduct certainly appears to a more vicious sexual predator than Clinton, though Clinton’s conduct for a President may be worse than Cosby’s conduct for a comedian—I’ll have to ponder that one when I have nothing better to think about. Juanita Broderick alleged a rape; Kathleen Willey has accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault, and Paula Jones claimed sexual harassment. Bill Clinton may have been a rapist, but he was not, as far as we know, a serial rapist. Somehow I missed the the Starr report’s Monica Lewinsky testimony that Clinton personally told her that “he had had hundreds of affairs” before the age of 40, and Dick Morris, for what it’s worth, has written that his ex-boss entertained “hundreds of women”during his time in the White House alone. These are allegations. I would not be at all surprised if they were accurate, however. It’s fair to say both Cosby and Clinton are sexual predators, and I’m not sure I care which is “worse.”
- On the other hand, Bill Cosby’s enabling wife isn’t running for President while claiming credentials as a feminist champion. Bill Clinton’s enabling wife is.
- The tenor of feminism in the Clinton Administration years was much more forgiving, and perhaps more corrupt, than it is today. Because Bill Clinton was a pro-abortion ally, Gloria Steinem and other leaders of the women’s movement promptly abandoned their principles to take his side against Paula Jones (in stark contrast to their complete support of Anita Hill, whose accusations against Clarence Thomas were mild by comparison.) Similarly, they refused to hold Clinton to their own declared standards of what constituted workplace harassment—inequality of power, hostile working conditions (for other female interns and staff) and the rest. Bill was President then, however. Now he’s just an old guy who gives speeches. Younger feminists may wonder why Hillary helped this dog abuse his female prey….and well they might.
- Bill Clinton has never been held fully accountable for his miserable, corrupting, dishonest conduct in the Lewinsky scandal. Maybe his day of reckoning has finally come. If so, good.
- Hillary Clinton has never been held fully accountable for her dishonest, hypocritical role in shifting blame for her husband’s conduct in the Lewinsky scandal to a bogus “vast right wing conspiracy.” Maybe her just desserts have finally arrived. If so, good.
- The Democratic Party has never been properly punished for its willingness to forgo all principle and integrity in order to protect a President with high poll numbers. Maybe judgment day is at hand at last. If so, good.
- The fact that Donald Trump is an unqualified, boorish embarrassment as a Presidential candidate does not mean he should not garner praise when it is warranted. His focusing too-long delayed attention on Bill’s character, and through him on the outrageous insincerity of Hillary Clinton, all while educating younger voters about just how slimy this pair is, deserves vigorous applause.