Gennifer Flowers: Clinton surrogates trashed her as a “saloon singer.” (Do we even still have “saloons”?) Clinton publicly called her a liar. Years later, Clinton finally admitted that, yes, Flowers told the truth when she said their relationship had been sexual.
Monica Lewinsky: Clinton publicly accused the White House intern of lying; then lied about the affair under oath; became the first sitting president in history to be found in contempt of court; was impeached for lying under oath and obstruction of justice — the first and only elected president to have been impeached; and temporarily lost his law license.
Kathleen Willey: Told “60 Minutes” that she visited Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, where, she says, Clinton hugged and kissed her. When she tried to push him away, “he touched my breasts with his hand … and then he whispered … ‘I’ve wanted to do this ever since I laid eyes on you.’ … He took my hand, and he put it … on his genitals.” Finally, says Willey, she managed to push him away. In a classic exercise in rationalization, feminist Gloria Steinem said, So what? “Even if (Willey’s) accusation are true,” Steinem insisted, Clinton is “not guilty of sexual harassment.” Why? Well, Steinem wrote, “(Willey) pushed him away, she said, and it never happened again. In other words, President Clinton took ‘no’ for an answer.
Juanita Broaddrick: Told NBC News that then-Arkansas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Bill Clinton raped her: “I first pushed him away. I just told him ‘no.’ … He tries to kiss me again. He starts biting on my lip. … And then he forced me down on the bed. I just was very frightened. I tried to get away from him. I told him ‘no.’ … He wouldn’t listen to me.”
GOP haters delight in denouncing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as “the guy who served divorce papers on his wife as she was in the hospital for cancer.” But as to JFK, the sexually reckless president from Camelot? Hey, whatever.
The National Enquirer, not the “mainstream” media, broke the story about John Edwards’ love child and his long extramarital affair — as his wife was dying of cancer. But the same slow-on-Edwards media snapped to attention on the Cain allegations. Are the Cain allegations newsworthy, legitimate areas for media investigation? Absolutely. Sexual misconduct and the gravity of the misconduct go to the issue of character.
Except, of course, when applied to Bill Clinton and Jack Kennedy.
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