Those immortal words belong to James Carville, the Clinton Democratic operative who — with Hillary’s approval — set the tone on how the Clintons would treat women who dared accuse former President Clinton of sexual harassment.
And the woman Carville referred to was Paula Jones.
She wasn’t fancy or rich, just a working woman sexually harassed by Bill when he was governor of Arkansas.
But she was denigrated by Clinton’s top advisers as “trailer park” trash, as someone so craven she’d crawl on dirt for the cash to slander Bill.
She was telling the truth. It was a straightforward sexual harassment case. If Bill had been a private-sector CEO, he’d have been fired.
But Hillary and Bill fought back, using the “nuts and sluts strategy,” denigrating Jones and others, including Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and the intern Monica Lewinsky.
As part of all this, Bill Clinton, as president, lied under oath. He committed perjury. And he was impeached.
Just consider the mental gymnastics it takes to excuse perjury in a sitting president. Consider the lack of character it takes to defend it. Consider the lack of foresight it takes to do this while avoiding the effect it could have on the republic.
Not only was sexual harasser and liar Bill Clinton defended, but he also was politically rehabilitated by many of the same actors, by feminists and by the Democratic insiders. And the damage was done.
Hillary and Bill and their fellow character assassins told us then that character didn’t matter. It was all a private thing.
In essence, they helped give birth to Trump. You might say Hillary — protecting Bill to guard her own ambition — was midwife to the Trump campaign.
Because without a rehabilitated Bill Clinton there could never have been a Trump candidacy. Trump would not have been conceivable, let alone possible, were it not for Bill and Hillary and their continuing “anything goes” lack of character.
[From a recent Chicago Tribune column by John Kass]
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