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Liberating The Press From Hillary

Kimberly Strassell writes that Snipergate is a proxy for all of Hillary!'s lies and crimes that the press refused to cover properly in the 90s:

The real beauty of Mrs. Clinton's Tuzla torture is that it's self-inflicted. Up to now, Team Clinton had done a surreal job of keeping the scandal genie in its bottle. Think about it: Most of 1990s politics was defined by the Clinton White House, which in turn was defined by the Clintons' endless ethical firestorms. The American public remembers this, one reason why a majority consistently says in polls that Mrs. Clinton is "untrustworthy." And yet even as the former First Lady has lobbed ethical accusations at Mr. Obama -- slamming him for "plagiarizing" speeches, hitting him for his relationship with "slum landlord" Tony Rezko or the Reverend Jeremiah Wright -- her own past has remained a no-go zone for most of the press and for her rival.

This is hangover from the remarkable job the Clintons did in painting themselves as the victims of the so-called "right-wing attack machine." They, and their devotees, have carried that victim mentality into the present, and have made clear that anyone who revives the issues of billing records or cattle futures is little more than the second coming of Ken Starr. They've done such a remarkable job of portraying any investigation into their undeniable shenanigans as a "partisan" venture that even the press has looked away and whistled.

I think that as time goes on, and we get more distance from it, the Clinton administration is going to look an awful lot like the Harding administration, in more than one way.

[Update a few minutes later]

Peggy Noonan, Strassell's Journal colleague, has further thoughts:

I think we've reached a signal point in the campaign. This is the point where, with Hillary Clinton, either you get it or you don't. There's no dodging now. You either understand the problem with her candidacy, or you don't. You either understand who she is, or not. And if you don't, after 16 years of watching Clintonian dramas, you probably never will.

What struck me as the best commentary on the Bosnia story came from a poster called GI Joe who wrote in to a news blog: "Actually Mrs. Clinton was too modest. I was there and saw it all. When Mrs. Clinton got off the plane the tarmac came under mortar and machine gun fire. I was blown off my tank and exposed to enemy fire. Mrs. Clinton without regard to her own safety dragged me to safety, jumped on the tank and opened fire, killing 50 of the enemy." Soon a suicide bomber appeared, but Mrs. Clinton stopped the guards from opening fire. "She talked to the man in his own language and got him [to] surrender. She found that he had suffered terribly as a result of policies of George Bush. She defused the bomb vest herself." Then she turned to his wounds. "She stopped my bleeding and saved my life. Chelsea donated the blood."

Made me laugh. It was like the voice of the people answering back. This guy knows that what Mrs. Clinton said is sort of crazy. He seems to know her reputation for untruths. He seemed to be saying, "I get it."

Well, some of us have gotten it for a long time. Glad to see that at least some of the country is finally coming to its senses.


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Mark wrote:

I continue to hope that after the Clintons have permanently departed the political scene (soon, Lord, soon!), a perfectly delightful sitcom, lasting many years, will be made portraying dramatized versions of actual episodes from their careers. Not immediately after -- perhaps ten or fifteen years. It will take time for the taste to recede.

Leland wrote:

The first link links back to Transterrestrial. I'm also not sure how proper the term "snipergate" is, since residents of Virginia are currently facing greater threats than First Lady's in Tuzla.

I think Noonan is absolutely correct, if not belatedly so. Either you get what the Clintons are about and made you decisions based on that, or you are incapable of ever comprehending the situation. Note, I include with that the case were people know the Clintons are unethical but continue support for their own personal gain; whether it be free health care, a pardon, or simply avoiding a bad day in Fort Marcy park.

Craig wrote:

Chelsea in 2016! She's the best of both worlds, and she's a Natural to follow a two-term Hillary Administration. I think we can look forward to a Clinton World until January 20, 2025! Best part: We are already controlling her entire public life. You Fascist Swine will find no YouTube gotcha moments with ole CC! Nope. Total Control. We have had her on a 7-second tape delay for years! We control the Vertical! We Control the Horizontal! God! I'm as awesome as Homer Simpson! Woo Hoo!

Mac wrote:

I'm now putting on my foil hat because I don't want big government controlling me like they are Craig.

Dale Amon wrote:

But just remember: one of the next generation Supercarriers will bear the name "USS Hillary Clinton"... Perhaps it will be used for cockroach control...

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