Hillary Rodham Clinton recently released Living History, presented as an autobiography of her life dealing mainly with her time in the White House from 1993 to 2001. Regardless of what you think of Hillary as a political figure, this book provides a persuasive argument why Senator Clinton should never be President–or indeed be entrusted with any significant position of power. If readers believe the events as presented in her book, they cannot trust her ability to judge. If readers cannot believe the events as presented in the book, they cannot trust her ability to be honest.
Let’s first assume that each word in her book is the gospel truth. One section of her book which has stirred up the most interest is her description of the Monica Lewinsky affair. She tells about the August 15, 1998, day when Bill Clinton confessed to her that he did have a sexual relationship with “that woman.” In her words: “I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, ‘What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me?’ I was furious and getting more so by the second. He just stood there saying over and over again, ‘I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I was trying to protect you and Chelsea.’” We hear the voice of a woman betrayed. But why did she believe Bill in the first place? Let’s go over a few events and allegations about Bill Clinton. I’ve placed these in chronological order, even though many of these accounts first came to light in the ’80s and ’90s.
In 1969, a British woman claims, Bill Clinton raped her. He claimed it was consensual. In 1972, according to the woman involved, Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her. Years later she reaffirmed that this happened, as did a retired campus police officer. In 1974, another woman claimed that Clinton sexually assaulted her. When contacted many years later, she reaffirmed this, as did several former female students of then-Professor Clinton. These alleged encounters occurred before Bill married Hillary in 1975.
Juanita Broaddrick claimed that in 1978 Bill Clinton raped her and practically bit her lip off. At the time, hospital nurses reported this as a rape. In 1979, a legal secretary claimed that Bill tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. During the 1980s his affair with Gennifer Flowers began, and Arkansas trooper Larry Patterson later testified that then-Governor Clinton had oral sex with a woman in a car parked outside Chelsea Clinton’s elementary school. Sally Perdue, a former Miss Arkansas, testified that she had an affair with then-Governor Clinton in 1983. In 1991, Clinton accosted Paula Corbin Jones after she was driven to Clinton’s motel by Arkansas State Trooper Danny Ferguson. In 1992, Gennifer Flowers recorded her last conversation with Bill Clinton. On the tape Clinton said, “If they ever ask if you’ve talked to me about it, you can say no.” During this same year, Hillary defended Bill against the Gennifer Flowers allegations on 60 Minutes, claiming they were dreamed up by Bill’s political enemies. In 1994, Paula Jones held a press conference to make public her allegations against Bill Clinton. In 1997, Kathleen Willey was seen leaving the Oval Office in a disheveled state; she claimed Bill Clinton had groped her. Also in 1997, Monica Lewinsky was subpoenaed by Paula Jones’ lawyers. In January 1998, Monica Lewinsky’s name first hit the news on the Drudge Report, and for the first time Bill Clinton admitted to an affair with Gennifer Flowers. Later that same month, Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the American public and stated, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
There are now three examples of how Bill Clinton has first categorically denied any affair, then admitted the affair when confronted with substantial proof, and finally excused his actions or claimed it was time to “move on” past this brouhaha. The examples are his news handling of relationships with Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones.
Hillary claims in her book that she believed Bill when he denied a relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Knowing what she must have known about Bill’s previous dalliances, she must be the most gullible woman I know, and I would love to sell her a used car or some Florida land by the quart. Gullibility is not a prized quality in a public official. Do you really want Hillary to negotiate on behalf of the United States when she can’t recognize a bald-face lie told her by a bald-faced liar?
But is it really true that Hillary didn’t know about Bill’s involvement with Monica Lewinsky until August 15, 1998? The idea stretches credibility past the breaking point. After all, the New York Times posted a front-page article the previous day, indicating that President Clinton and his advisors were talking about acknowledging the affair. Does Hillary not read the Times? In his book The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, Washington Post reporter Peter Baker said that Clinton’s personal lawyer David Kendall was given the task of breaking the news to Hillary two days before she claimed to have learned about Bill’s affair. She also stated that by the time Bill gave testimony on August 17th, she was barely on speaking terms with him. But Sidney Blumenthal stated in his book, The Clinton Wars, that he called the White House on the 17th and heard Bill and Hillary bantering back and forth. They were still working as a team.
And let me bring up another minor point to demonstrate Hillary’s lying. Living History is presented as having been written by her, but that’s just not true. It is assumed to have been ghost-written by three authors who Hillary thanks by name in the book: Alison Muscatine, Maryanne Vollers, and Ruby Shamir. It’s easier to assume that these three professionals ghost-wrote the book for Hillary than to assume that she single-handedly produced a 562-page book in the space of two years while simultaneously serving as a United States Senator. How did she find the time to write this tome and faithfully serve the people of New York? While I can conceive of a very industrious Hillary pounding on her book while being driven to and from the Senate floor, it is much more credible to me that Hillary had those three ghost-write the book for her, and is now taking the credit. Hillary read the audio book version herself; when I heard the “gasping for air” portion quoted above, it sounded so deadpan and lifeless, almost as if she were just reading something rather than reliving what must have been a terrible moment. It makes me think that these words didn’t have emotional impact for her because it didn’t happen that way, because these weren’t her own words. And if she is willing to lie, both in her book and about who wrote it, can you really trust anything else she says? I cannot.
So whether Hillary is the most gullible woman in the world or merely a liar, she is not fit to fill any position of power. Not Senator, and most certainly not President.