Hillary’s skeletons

The increased national scrutiny that comes with a Presidential bid has awakened the many skeletons crammed into Hillary Clinton's political closet.

Now they climb over each other in frantic attempts to get out and add to the many questions and issues that threaten her front-running Presidential campaign.

Good. It's time we got past the hoopla and myths of Hillary Clinton and took a hard look at this Presidential wannabe who is willing to sacrifice honesty, integrity and even personal shame for a shot at the big time.

Even in the cynical world of Washington, the callousness of Hillary Clinton stands out. She is a hard, cold, overly-ambitious politician for whom nothing – not scandal, not the sexual antics of an oversexed husband, not even humiliation – can deter.

She even turns her role as the cheated-upon spouse to political use, joking about her philandering, former-President husband – the one who lied to her on national television when he claimed "I did not have sex with that woman – Ms. Lewinsky." In fact, Bill Clinton gave new meaning to the term "Presidential probe" and tried to cover his ass with lies as often as he covered Monica Lewinsky, and God-knows how many other women, with his ejaculate.

Hillary Clinton's ruthless ambition is the subject of recent books: A long tome by Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and a shorter, but more pointed analysis by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jeff Gerth – who covered Clinton at The New York Times.

Gerth uncovered many of the doubletalk and fast-buck antics of the Clintons in the Whitewater land swindle, an investigation muffed by the Republicans when Special Prosecutor Ken Starr forgot about the real crimes and went after the Monica Lewinsky affair.

In his book with Van Natta, Gerth looks at how Hillary sells her soul to fatcat contributors with big checkbooks.

Bernstein looks at Hillary's rocky relationship with her father and even rockier marriage to Bill – a marriage long known as a union of convenience, not love.

Both Clintons have survived previous public peeks into their private lives. It's no secret that Hillary looks the other way when Bill screws around because it is in her best political interest to let him chase women and leave it be. She knows she can count on him to be there to work the crowd, turn on the charm and help her cause when needed, just as he used her for political advantage as governor of Arkansas and President.

But it may be the money that finally does in the Clintons. Most politicians sell out to the highest bidder but few do it with the open glee and shameless hypocrisy of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"I know a lot of rich people. My husband and I never had any money … now all (of a) … sudden we're rich," Clinton told an interviewer recently.

The lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the Clintons since Bill left office raises many questions – most still unanswered.

How, for example, could they afford a multi-million dollar mansion in New York while still saddled with enormous legal bills from their many scandals? Many of those bills remain unpaid today even though both Clintons received millions from book deals and speaking engagements.

Both Clintons jet around the world on private aircraft owned by rich friends and supporters. As a Senator, Hillary pays the equivalent of first class air fare when she travels on someone else's plane even though studies by the General Accounting Office show such payments don't even begin to cover the cost of such travel so the lavish trips become large political contributions that circumvent the intent of election law limits.

"Whatever I've done, I complied with Senate rules at the time. That's the way every senator operates," Clinton claimed in an interview with Associated Press reporter Kathleen Hennessey.

That, of course, is the oldest cop out in the political playbook, the "everybody does it" excuse that wears thin with a public tired of "business as usual" in Washington.

"Money," California political legend Jesse Unruh once said, "is the mother's milk of politics."

The stink you smell is mama's milk curdling in the political churn. Like Hillary Clinton, it sours under the hot glare of a national spotlight.

Comments

  1. kent shaw

    mari cali: “One of the reasons for so much worldwide terrorism is that the young people in developing countries do not have jobs making them recruits for terrorist networks. I’d trade some jobs to keep that from happening.”

    I think Charley Reese, writing for LewRockwell.Com puts it quite succintly:

    “Since WW II, America has been continuously inserting itself into the affairs of the Middle East. We have overthrown governments (Iran), financed dictators (Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Iran and others too numerous to mention), taken sides in sectarian conflicts (Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon), devastated Muslim societies with embargoes (Iraq, Libya, Iran, Palestine), launched campaigns of aerial bombardment (Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan), stationed troops where they aren’t wanted (all over the Middle East, but particularly Saudi Arabia), and embarked on the occasional military conquest (Iraq, Afghanistan).

    Given this legacy of death and destruction, is it so outlandish to suggest that these policies just might have something to do with the 9/11 attacks? Might not these policies be an underlying cause of the widespread hatred of America across the Muslim world? Is this idea so crazy that it should be excluded from “acceptable” political discourse?

    Even if common sense doesn’t make the argument by itself, we don’t have to speculate as to why Muslims harbor such hatred toward America. All we have to do is ask the Muslims. In poll after poll, people across the Middle East have made it abundantly clear why they are angry with us, and it doesn’t have much to do with our freedom or our democracy, but it does have everything to do with our destructive foreign policy.”

    See the full article here:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/latulippe/latulippe79.html

    So yeah, maybe if they were gainfully employed they wouldn’t strap dynamite to their bodies and blow up innocents. But maybe if the United States acted like a member of the world community instead of the biggest bully on the block things might just be a bit different too. Maybe things will change after we’ve exported ALL of our jobs to the third world. Everything will be fine after just a few more minor adjustments and 100% of the nation’s wealth is held by 1% of the population instead of the current 90%. The American Enterprise Institute is of course a far right wing “think tank”. There seems to be a divide in philosophy among Americans — there are those who believe it should be every man for himself, the law of the jungle prevails and the weakest get eaten by the strong. There is also a school of thought that believes we are all in this thing together and that we should help each other out.

    But we’ve wandered rather far off topic. Sorry about that, Doug T. This is my last post on this thread.

    Kent

  2. mary cali

    Mary

    Most of the information I have gotten on the global economy comes from a lecture series on the subject where the economics PHD pulled from many sources.
    You can start with James Glassman, Richard Rubin, the Brookings Institute, American Enterprise Institute for starters.

    As with most enterprises there are winners and losers with a global economy. Most thinkers on the subject agree that the “losers” need remedial help in adapting to the new realities. They also agree that environmental issues need to be addressed. I think we need to maintain a manufacturing base here in this country as well. There is alot to be processed, but to think that the global economy, which has existed since humans started trading commodities, can go away is ridiculous.

    Also, nations that are dependent on each other economically are less likely to go to war with each other. One of the reasons for so much worldwide terrorism is that the young people in developing countries do not have jobs making them recruits for terrorist networks. I’d trade some jobs
    to keep that from happening.

  3. www.nazilieskill.us

    Why are people so quick to assume that the Clintons were evil enough to profit from bad blood transfusions, while few people can accept that Bush and Co. were evil enough to do a 911?

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  4. kent shaw

    written on the issue by economists of both the liberal and conservative persuasions.

    Name one that you have read. I would like the title, author and a brief synopsis. I will consider reading that one.

    Perhaps I am more well read than you presume.

    Its easy for an “economist” to make claims of glorious benefits of globalist free trade. My guess is that “economist” hasn’t lost his decent paying job making shoes in New England to China where the workers that took his job make six cents an hour. But then I guess thats one of those “adjustments” that will be coming real soon now.

  5. anthny

    anthny:
    Well in the secret world of the District you can be talking about any of the present and past presidents and candidates, including any regular person on the street.
    The fact is everybody has some skeletons in there closets. Another fact is Bush, Clinton, Bush, and then another Clinton as President would be as smart as letting the Unsupreme court select another president. It could happen though knowing that alot of women want Hillary in the WH, wheather or not she is a hypocrite, theres always room in Washington for one more.

  6. mary cali

    written on the issue by economists of both the liberal and conservative persuasions. I suggest you read one.
    As one economist said CA has had free trade for 150 years with Appalachia without impoverishing CA. MA has traded with MISS for 200 years without impoverishing MA. You get the point, I hope.

    That is not to say that the global economy doesn’t create problems and in some cases hardships for some people, but to think that we don’t need treatites to address it is unrealistic. I am not happy about the loss of manufacturing in this country, nor that more and more of our food is now being imported. Adjustments may be needed to deal with the problems, but a global economy is a reality that isn’t going
    away. Trade agreements are part of that reality.

  7. LurkingFromTheLeft

    …she’s seen the errors of her ways –

    …that’s she seen the light –

    …YIKES – she’s born again –

    …a Neocon in Democratic skin? –

    …is it too late for me to throw my beret into the ring?

    LFTL

  8. Access Of Evil

    Hillary worked for Goldwater during his run for Pres. in the 60’s. She was a “Goldwater Girl.”

    What’s that tell you?

  9. mary cali

    Mary

    reality. I do not fault Clinton for dealing with it.
    Jobs were created because of those treaties as well.
    Do you think that countries are going to confine their economic activity within their borders? Any leader today will have to think globally, and be a globalist. To do otherwise is to deny reality.

  10. kent shaw

    mary cali: “Monica was enough for me to not want the Clintons back in the WH.”

    To me that was a tempest in a teapot and something like $70,000,000 was spent by Ken Starr to catch Clinton in a lie under oath about a blowjob.

    Let us not forget Clinton’s true legacy: WTO, NAFTA and GATT. Sold totally down the river by globalist Clinton resulting in millions of jobs shipped offshore.

  11. Roadapple00

    ‘W’ is the 43rd. The 42 before him were also men. Put a woman in there (republican or democrat), she couldn’t do any worse than the 43 before her.

    Roger

  12. mary cali

    Mary

    Sandra Price writes about Hillary and universal health care that Hillary would “make millions on an insurance
    scam”. Ms. Price says she wouldn’t want that to happen nor would I, but Ms Price offers no evidence for this accusation. I guess we are to just take Price’s word for it.

    The Clintons bring out the irrational in people. It has been impossible over the years to determine what accusations were genuine and which were dreamed up by the Clinton haters. Monica was enough for me to not want the Clintons back in the WH. As capable as I believe Hillary is, I don’t want a National Inquirer presidency again. As voting R is a nonstarter, I will be forced to vote for her should she be the nominee. However I would prefer her as Senate leader to replace Harry Reid.

  13. kent shaw

    Doug T: “It doesn’t take much checking of the archives to understand that I don’t like any of the candidates or any of the parties.”

    Same here. And I am distraught. What are we going to do? Our country is headed down the toilet.

    Kent Shaw

  14. Steve Horn

    I don’t give a tinkers damn about gender or race – but if you really want the Republicans to win in 2008, put Hillary in the drivers seat for the Dem’s –

    Ignore the gender, ignore the name and Bill’s “legacy” (as though he was the first guy in history to take advantage of a position of power so he could get blown by a woman who worked for him)- rather – look at the persons history and tell me, is that what you want leading our nation? No ethics, lots of corporate backing, backroom deals, sketchy legal dealings, a history of evading official questions?

    Personally, I wouldn’t take Hillary to a dog fight if she was the defending champ.

    Steve Horn

  15. Carl Nemo

    An excellent “spot-on” indictment concerning her character!
    In fact you went easy on her… :))

    Carl Nemo **==

  16. mojibyrd

    Interesting article, but the comments were even better…I still find it amazing that so-many people have to make this a gender issue when a man dislikes a woman in politics/business/television or life in general…can we not get past that pathetic ideology.

    Of course I also like jellicoe’s comment that it is okay to be – “Ruthless .. cynical … willing to sacrifice honesty, integrity and personal shame”!, as that – “sounds just like a politician, or maybe even a “Presidential wannabe”!..since when the hell is okay to be slime and considered to be the next president…what the hell happen to honesty and a government for the people not corporate profit and greed.

    I think jellicoe needs to get his/her male bashing head out of their arse and smell the roses for a change.

  17. lackeylocal

    If this travesty is still going on, then it needs to be addressed. Before we, the reading public can do anything we have to know the facts.

    Factor 8 – Let us know.

  18. kent shaw

    mrtshw, yours is the first data I have ever seen on the tainted blood from Arkansas issue. Obviously the powers that be WERE successful in suppressing this information. I will question her about it if I ever have the chance at a Clinton campaign appearance.

  19. kent shaw

    Wayne K Dolik: “With my view I am concerned about putting two families in charge of the Whitehouse for to long.”

    NO MORE CLINTONS!
    NO MORE BUSHES!

  20. mrtshw

    I have lived in Arkansas nearly 64 years and have known the Clintons since 1978. They are charming, incredibly intelligent and even more incredibly amoral. Scandals related to Bill’s sex life were tolerated because nearly every other politician. journalist,etc shares that proclivity and thus they usually avoid shining that light too broadly or intensely. However the Clintons, Huckabees, and many other prominant Arkansas politicos’ moral depravity goes far deeper than sexual indiscretions. Most prominently among them is the decades long marketing of tainted blood worldwide which had been bled from AIDS and/or hepatitis infected prisoners and was sold for $millions during Clinton’s 12 years, extending into Jim Guy Tucker’s And Mike Huckabee’s tenures. Now that boys and girls is beyond despicable. Their failure to investigate official coverups of injustices related to multiple cases of child murders – Janie Ward, Kevin Ives,Don Henry, Chris Byers, Michael Moore, Stevie Branch, Angel Misty Trantham, etc -is nothing short of criminal.
    Needless to say even the idea of another Clinton or a Huckabee in the White House is profoundly sickening to this old Arkie.
    *************************************************
    From Jim Gilliam’s blog

    Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal
    October 30, 2005 12:05 AM

    A great friend of mine, Kelly Duda, has his film premiere in LA on November 8th at the AFI festival. His documentary is a big deal, and it should set off a massive investigation. From the Sunday Herald:

    It shows how the US state of Arkansas, under former president and then-governor Bill Clinton, allowed contaminated blood from AIDS and hepatitis-infected prisoners to be exported around the world during the 1980s and 1990s to be used in the manufacture of clotting agents for haemophiliacs.

    The documentary also reveals for the first time how senior figures in the prison system doctored prisoners’ medical records to make it look like they were not carrying the deadly diseases. Even after it was known there was a problem, the film reveals, blood products were allowed to be supplied to Europe, including to the UK, where thousands of patients were infected with HIV and the potentially fatal liver virus, hepatitis.

    He has gone through so much to get this on the screen, you cannot even imagine. And I’m not talking the usual struggling filmmaker crap, I mean hardcore out-to-get-him powerful-people-do-not-want-this-story-out-there kind of struggle.

    Months ago, I remember seeing Bill Clinton on TV talking about the AIDS crisis and everything he was doing for it, and all I could think about was why he didn’t do something about the tainted blood in his prison system when he could have.

    Back in the 90’s, when the vast right wing conspiracy was out trying to get Clinton, there were all sorts of people sniffing around this story trying to pin it on him, and nothing ever quite stuck. When he was finally out of office, all the sniffing stopped, except for one guy… Kelly Duda, who felt deeply that someone had to stand up for the thousands of hemophiliacs still suffering and honor the thousands already dead because of rampant corruption in Arkansas — corruption Clinton should have ended.

    Andy Gunn, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS and hepatitis from the tainted blood: “It’s a murderous cover-up. They have effectively murdered thousands of haemophiliacs and got away with it.”

    Read the Sunday Herald article, and check out the website. If you’re near LA, come see the film, it’s at the ArcLight on Nov. 8th at 9:45pm. You can get tickets here. And I’ll be there too, the tall bald white guy with oxygen tubes up his nose getting pissed off at the pharmaceutical companies.

  21. Wayne K Dolik

    Very interesting points in your feature article today Doug. I to have a problem with Hillary Clinton, but my position is for different reasons.

    With my view I am concerned about putting two families in charge of the Whitehouse for to long. Familiarity breeds attempt! We live in a very secret time in U.S. Government. So, if we put another Clinton in the Whitehouse how many bags of money end up in the Bahamas? With the loss of our freedoms since 911, we just cannot afford these two families in the Whitehouse. We need fresh faces.

    The other problem that I have with Hillary, is that Hillary has not said one time, that she would ever roll back the Unitary Presidency and restore the U.S. Constitution, end torture, close Gitmo, and return Habeas Corpus. In fact from all appearances, Hillary seems to indicate she would support the Bush status quo by keeping permanent troops in Iraq!

    Thanks for speaking truth to power Doug.

  22. allan hirsh

    mr. hirsh:
    This reminds me of the joke about the sheriff’s girlfriend, or the other one about leading a lamb slaughter. The attitude expressed in the article sounds like someone wrote it wearing his favorite hockey shirt.

  23. John Farley

    Doug, you quoted a recent anti-Hillary article in The New York Times by Jeff Gerth. You should know that Gerth is pretty unreliable. He was obsessed with the whole Whitewater scandal, which he helped to promote, but it turned out to be much ado about not very much.

    That is not all: Gerth also went after the Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, who spent a year in solitary confinement based on smears by Gerth in the NY Times. When Wen Ho Lee finally got his day in court, the serious charges against him were dismissed and the judge actually apologized to Lee for the government’s conduct.

    Don’t take my word for it. Check out Gerth’s record.

    By the way, I am not a Hillary Clinton fan. But don’t take Jeff Gerth as a reliable reporter. He isn’t.