Bill Clinton

The persistence of mendacity (2)

Featured image When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Dick Morris polled possible responses for Bill Clinton. Morris determined that truth was not an option if Clinton wanted to remain in office. “Well, we just have to win then,” Clinton concluded. Thus Clinton’s finger-wagging denial of what proved to be the facts of the case. When Clinton was finally questioned under oath by one of the lawyers working in the office of the »

The Clinton University Scandal?

Featured image Everyone knows about the problems with Trump University. Trump should just be glad that Trump U didn’t have a Division I NCAA football team, or else he might well have Title IX complaints to go with the class action civil suit. But did you know that Bill Clinton was a university chancellor? I didn’t either. There he is, over to the left. Moreover, he was paid $16 million by Laureate »

A mistake anyone might make

Featured image This morning, a MSNBC news anchor, reporting on Bill Cosby’s court appearance regarding allegations of rape, referred to Cosby as “Bill Clinton.” It was a slip of the tongue, but not a random one. Rather it was a Freudian slip, one that suggests the image of Bill Clinton as sexual predator may be embedded in the national consciousness. Freud is reputed to have said that sometimes a cigar is just »

Hillary’s Doom?

Featured image There are two big stories out today that in a rational world would sink Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Fortunately for her, the Democratic Party is not a rational organization. Increasingly the description of Democrats as a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party seems more and more accurate. The Daily Caller reports today that the Clinton Foundation received $100 million—serious Dr. Evil money—from an obscure foreign mining conglomerate long thought to »

Trump Intends to Win

Featured image How can you tell Trump intends to win? Just check out this 25-second spot he released on Instagram this morning: Liberals are horrified, naturally. Mother Jones has reacted with indignation, pointing out that Trump has been accused of being less than a gentleman on many occasions. It mentions that Trump’s first wife, Ivana, had accused him of rape at one point. But if you scroll to the bottom, you find »

Hillary’s Anchor—Is It Bill?

Featured image An “anchor” is either the mainstay of an enterprise—think “anchorman” in a mile-relay or in a TV broadcast—but it is also what holds you in one place and prevents movement. If a boat anchor is tied around your neck, it takes you to the bottom. Seldom has the ambiguity or contrasting meaning of “anchor” been more apt than in the case of Bill Clinton. Politico reported Friday about the Big »

Today’s Clinton Scandal

Featured image The Wall Street Journal has an article out in the last hour about the latest Clinton scandal: Clinton Charity Aided Clinton Friends By James V. Grimaldi HASTINGS, Neb.—The Clinton Global Initiative, which arranges donations to help solve the world’s problems, . . . Oh just stop right there. “[W]hich arranges donations to help solve the world’s problems” is the best bit of droll comedy writing I’ve seen in a long »

The Big Dog Backs Down

Featured image Steve wrote here and Paul here about Bill Clinton’s standing up to Black Lives Matters bullies who tried to disrupt his speech yesterday. It was classic Big Dog: Clinton effectively put the unschooled demonstrators in their place, and taught them a history lesson. Why were strict criminal penalties, e.g. for crack cocaine, enacted during his administration? Because drugs and crime were ravaging the black community, and African-American leaders properly demanded »

The big dog barks, but the caravan moves on [UPDATED]

Featured image If you’re a Democratic politician, you uncomplainingly take crap from militant African-Americans; it’s what you do. Unless you’re Bill Clinton. He’s a former U.S. president. He doesn’t take crap from anyone. Thus, as Steve Hayward notes, the Big Dog barked back today at Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted his speech. Clinton shouted over the protesters for more than ten minutes, rejecting their claim that Hillary’s use of the term »

Democratic Party Meltdown

Featured image My goodness, while everyone is looking at the Donald Trump circus in the GOP, are we taking in the unraveling of the Democrats? First up, Chris Matthews takes his horse’s ass act to former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton on who will pay for all this “free” college Bernie (and also Hillary) wants. The result is not pretty: But the big story of today is the Big Dog himself, Billy »

A word about the Panama Papers

Featured image The so-called Panama Papers have made a big splash in the news this week. The New York Times backgrounder on the Papers is here. Yesterday the Panama Papers led to the resignation of Iceland’s prime minister. A knowledgable reader writes to explain that the Papers revolve around shell companies, which are a Panama specialty, and predicts that there will be disclosures with serious consequences for the people who are exposed »

Bill Clinton Unplugged

Featured image We know the Clintons privately despise Barack Obama, because he blocked Hillary’s path to the White House in 2008. Obama made her secretary of state for the old Machiavellian reason that you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Hillary might have challenged him for the 2012 Democratic nomination if he had been in trouble, which he was of course, but as the first black president no ordinary »

Live from Omaha, it’s Bill Clinton

Featured image The Clinton death march back to the White House continues. Appearing in advance of the Nebraska caucuses today, Bill Clinton campaigned yesterday on behalf of Madam Hillary in Omaha and Lincoln. The Clinton death march back to the White House continues. The Omaha World-Herald reports here. Clinton also campaigned in Lincoln. The Lincoln Journal Star report is here. Omaha attorney David Begley reports from Omaha below. I have taken the »

Bill Clinton, just mailing it in

Featured image Campaigning in South Carolina on behalf of his wife, Bill Clinton said today that that the married coupled that engaged in the deadly mass shooting San Bernardino, California, had never been to the Middle East. But as Nathan McDermott of BuzzFeed points out, one of the shooters was raised in the region and the other had made several trips there. Tashfeen Malik was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi »

Monday Morning News Roundup

Featured image I was indisposed most of the weekend at a conference (about which more in due course), so I have a lot to catch up on. Let’s look at a few headlines from the morning papers: From the Washington Post sports page print edition (I can’t seem to find it online), a story about women’s professional soccer: U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing Now, if I was a hacker, I’d correct »

CNN does the math

Featured image CNN has done the math on the speaking fees the Clintons has collected since Bill Clinton left office “dead broke.” The numbers are mind-boggling. The Clintons have done very well by themselves as class warriors for the common man: Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a »

Hillary is weirding out young feminists

Featured image Last month, writing about the possible role of Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in this year’s presidential campaign, I said: There are dozens of lines of attack against Hillary Clinton, nearly all of which will resonate with folks who already dislike her. The trick for the GOP nominee will be to select the handful that are likely resonate with other voters. I’m not certain what these lines of attack are, but »