February 12, 2014
The Washington Wire column over at the Wall Street Journal posted the results of a McClatchy-Marist polltoday. In a match-up between Hillary Clinton and any of her prospective Republican challengers for the 2016 presidential race, voters said they preferred Clinton. The only challenger was Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Everybody else landed nearly 20 or more points behind Clinton with the exception of Ryan and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Polls, of course, are funny things. They often do not reflect reality. But Clinton’s early lead, despite her not having declared her intention to run, may show mass delusional thinking on the part of voters. It is not clear what they see exactly in Clinton beyond the fact that she is a woman. Due the establishment’s insistence on gender and race specifics over policy and philosophical substance, and the corporate media’s non-stop mirroring of smoke screen political correctness, we can expect this sort of strict PCism to rule in 2016. Democrats love to excoriate their political opponents with the charge of racism. On the day Clinton announces, the charge of sexism will be heard in response to her detractors.
Rand Paul seems to be on the right track. Probably the only way to effectively defeat Clinton is to resurrect her past sins, most notably Whitewater, the scandal few remember.
Whitewater, above and beyond the Mona Lewinsky affair, reveals the intensely sleazy character of the Clintons. Whitewater was a fraudulent real estate deal cooked up by Hillary and associate Jim McDougal when Hillary worked for the Rose Law firm. Both McDougal and fellow Rose Law firm partner Vince Foster turned up dead. Foster, who was Deputy White House Counsel during the first few months of the first Clinton administration, was a material witness for Ken Starr, the independent counsel conducting the Whitewater criminal investigation.
There are other Clinton “gates,” including Travelgate, Filegate, and Chinagate. For more on these gates, see Larry Klayman’s “Proof Hillary isn’t fit to be president.”
Then there is Hillary Clinton’s performance during the Benghazi hearings when she yelled at members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the murder of her subordinate, Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, was not worth investigating. Prior to this, many observers accused her of faking a concussion to avoid testifying about the Benghazi attack.
Clinton’s behavior at the hearing and especially her involvement in Whitewater and other gates are all fair game. Her potential contenders during the presidential race should certainly take advantage of numerous scandals, most conveniently swept under the rug back in the 1990s.
But they shouldn’t stop there. Republicans should not hesitate to also crank up the wayback machine and scrutinize Hillary behavior during the original gate, Watergate. Clinton’s former boss, Democrat Jerry Zeifman who was a counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings, fired her for unethical behavior as a staffer on the committee. He felt so strongly about Clinton’s character, he refused to give her a letter of recommendation.
Why did Zeifman fire the 27-year old staffer? “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman told journalist Daniel Calabrese. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
All of this damning information should be more than enough to scuttle any Clinton presidential bid – that is if Republicans stick to their guns. Of course, the Democrat friendly corporate media will do its best to sabotage the effort. Establishment Republicans may also cry foul despite the fact, so far, few of their candidates are up to the task of taking on the Iron Maiden.