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Michael Swartz / Jan. 8, 2016

Democrats Party Like It's 1999

Bill Clinton's past misdeeds are once again in the spotlight.

It’s been a quarter-century since Bill Clinton arrived on the scene as a hip, young, centrist Democrat from a Southern state, and with wife Hillary Rodham in tow they were the essence of a Washington-bound power couple. Those of us who’ve achieved a certain age, however, can recall the “bimbo eruptions” that kept the Clintons and their political hacks on defense throughout their years in DC.

Indeed, it was 17 years ago yesterday that Bill faced the Senate to answer the charges of perjury relating to his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Fast-forward to the present day, and Hillary is the one running for president — yet Bill’s serial sexual predation is once again dogging them. Led by Donald Trump, who called Bill Clinton “one of the great abusers of the world,” a man with “a terrible record of women abuse,” the narrative has shifted away from Hillary’s record and back onto the former president. When we revisit the sickening stories of not just Lewinsky, but especially Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and others, we can’t help but shake our heads at the Houdini act that has allowed the Clintons to expand their empire over the years. Together, they’ve taken in more than $160 million since Bill left the White House, and Hillary, who hasn’t even a thimble-full of Bubba’s political talent, has reaped the rewards of standing by her man.

Broaddrick reappeared recently with a Tweet reminding people that it’s been 38 years — over half her life — since she was allegedly raped in a Little Rock hotel room by the then-gubernatorial candidate. Her very credible tale of being a campaign volunteer invited to his hotel room to get away from the press went public in 1999, after details were leaked of Ken Starr’s independent counsel investigation into a series of Clinton misdeeds.

With Trump bringing up the general topic of Bill Clinton’s serial abuse and Broaddrick speaking out again, the leftist website Vox took a refreshingly honest look at her allegations. Other media outlets likewise have questioned Bill about his alleged transgressions. For those who are under 35 or so, the news of Bill’s checkered past isn’t necessarily new, but the sordid details are, for many, being heard for the first time. Bringing up Bill’s serial abuse of women is a tactic that’s worked for Trump to “devastating” effect.

It’s interesting to consider that these stories were all known during Hillary’s first campaign eight years ago, but Republicans didn’t seem to want to make a topic out of Bill back then. For some, particularly eventual nominee John McCain, Hillary’s status as a Senate colleague might have led to the kid glove treatment. In the 2016 campaign, however, it appears the gloves may be coming off. Even the most rabid liberals, woefully blind for too long, are finally conceding Bill’s pattern of abuse may be an issue, so this is no vast right-wing conspiracy.

Moreover, the inconvenient truth that the most popular Democrat president of the past half-century is a “great abuser” of the fairer sex destroys the dubious “Republican war on women” meme. “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported,” Hillary tweeted in November. How about her husband’s accusers?

Yet there was Bill, at a recent Iowa campaign stop, fondly recalling how he met Hillary in law school in a class he was “embarrassed to tell you I attended infrequently.” After “I just kept ogling her,” Bill said, he admitted it was Hillary that made the first move (she’s always worn the pantsuit). “Look, if you’re going to keep staring at me and I’m going to keep staring back,” Bill said Hillary told him, “we at least ought to know each other’s name.”

These days, we certainly know their names, but it’s their reputations and progressive principles that should worry us more. Women elected Clinton twice in the 1990s, in spite of his treatment of women. Let that not be true for his wife.

On a parting note regarding the moral depravity of the hypocritical Left, Planned Parenthood announced the unprecedented step of endorsing during the primary, and the recipient will be — surprise — Hillary Clinton. Or, as we alternatively headlined it, Noted Eugenics Organization to Endorse Rape Apologist.

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