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.