Friday, October 7, 2016

Yes, Hillary’s savage campaigns against Bill’s “bimbos” matter.

The mechanics of a marriage are a mystery when viewed from the outside. But Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations have never been a mystery. Since her years as first lady of Arkansas, Hillary has been willing to stoop to ever-lower depths in the interest of attaining ever-higher office. She has not hesitated to skirt the edges of morality and legality — and, having crossed either line, deploy whatever lies, deceptions, fabrications, circumlocutions, and other rhetorical paraphernalia are necessary to avoid the consequences of her actions. It stands to reason that the Lady Macbeth of Chappaqua was comfortable with the prospect of destroying the lives of her husband’s accusers because she saw that his success was a stepping stone for her own. And, of course, she was right.

...Trump cannot make this case. He is not intellectually or temperamentally disciplined enough to tie together the strands that show that Hillary was less the bereft victim of her husband’s transgressions than his enabler, a “women’s advocate” with no compunction about slandering the “bimbos” who were obstacles in her way.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true, or that it isn’t relevant to the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Is there any reason to believe that the same woman who crushed the women who threatened her aspirations in the 1990s will hesitate to do the same as president? Having employed an army of underlings in stamping out threats to her ambitions, will she be reluctant to employ the apparatus of the state to do the same? After the outrages of the Obama years, during which the IRS has been used to persecute everyday Americans for their political opinions, and given Hillary’s unconcern for the letter of the law during her time as secretary of state, these are hardly unreasonable questions.