Bill Clinton

Groundhog Day? No, It’s Just the Clintons

Featured image The ultimate Clinton video loop, just 25 seconds long.  No further explanation needed: »

Another Reason Why Hillary Can’t Win

Featured image Steve noted earlier tonight a little-noticed exchange with an ABC reporter who was assigned to follow Hillary Clinton, which suggested one reason why Hillary’s 2016 campaign may be doomed. Here is another one: her relationship with Bill–the only reason anyone has heard of her in the first place–can’t withstand the light of day. The email controversy that came came to light today is a problem for Hillary, for obvious reasons. »

Will the Clintons’ Greed Do Them In?

Featured image It has long been remarked that a certain Dogpatch air hangs over Bill and Hillary Clinton. They have, apparently, led separate lives for quite a few years, but one quality that they share is greed. Indeed, they seem unable to restrain that grasping instinct even when it undermines their presumably more important goals–as, for example, when Hillary extracts $300,000 from universities for 45 minutes of platitudes. Tomorrow’s Washington Post reports »

Will Bill Clinton’s Past Doom Hillary’s Future?

Featured image Gawker has obtained flight logbooks for disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane, the “Lolita Express.” They disclose what appears to be a close relationship between Epstein and Bill Clinton: Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the “Lolita Express”—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for “massages,” according to flight logbooks obtained by »

Blast from the (Democratic) Past

Featured image Sen. Joni Ernst is getting mixed reviews for her delivery of the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech.  I thought she did fine with an awful format.  I actually think the party might want to skip making a response, but we can have that discussion later. But if you’re in the camp that is critical of Ernst, you should see the Democratic response to Reagan in 1985, »

Could Jeffrey Epstein Doom Hillary’s Presidential Hopes?

Featured image Sex scandals tend not to be on my radar screen, so maybe that’s why I missed the Jeffrey Epstein story entirely. For those who–like me, until yesterday–are entirely unaware of Mr. Epstein, here is a brief recap: Epstein grew up in New York, started out as a teacher, went to work for Bear Sterns and later founded his own investment firm. He appears to have been something of a financial »

CRB: Déjà Two

Featured image The Summer 2014 issue of the Claremont Review of Books has arrived just in time for Fall, and our friends at the Claremont Institute have once again dropped the paywall to allow us to preview some of the issue’s best pieces. We will be rolling out four that I have selected with a bias toward deepening of our understanding of the challenges before us. Subscribe here for the ridiculously low »

On September 10, 2001, Clinton Explained Why He Didn’t Kill bin Laden

Featured image An extraordinary historical nugget has been unearthed in Australia. In September 2001, Bill Clinton was in that country. Only hours before the terrorists struck the World Trade Center, Clinton was talking to a group in Melbourne. Terrorism and bin Laden came up in that discussion, and Clinton said that he had had an opportunity to kill bin Laden when the terrorist was in Kandahar, but he had decided not to »

That’s no gentleman; that’s Bill Clinton

Featured image The front page of the print edition of the Washington Post’s “Style” section — once known as the Women’s Page — features a mock poster that says “Bill Clinton for First Gentleman.” In the accompanying story, Clinton insists, presumably with a straight face, that he is “just a bit player” in the run-up to his wife’s likely campaign for president. “I am a foot soldier in any army; I will »

¿Quién es el mentiroso más grande?

Featured image President Obama is such a glib liar that it is hard to keep up with his act. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler treats us to one microscopic example in an online column that is actually worth reading: “Four Pinocchios for Obama’s claim that Republicans have ‘filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation.’” Kessler scrutinizes Obama’s claim at a DCCC fundraising dinner on Wednesday: “Here’s what’s more disconcerting. Their [Republicans] willingness to »

Birth of the VRWC

Featured image Politico draws attention to the release yesterday in the latest tranche of papers from the Clinton library of what it refers to as the conspiracy commerce memo.” The memo appears to be undated; Politico assigns it to 1995, contemporaneous with the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton but predating the Lewinsky affair. It was at the outset of the disclosure of the Lewinksy affair that Hillary attributed the »

Is there life after college?

Featured image Of course there is. But our leading politicians all seem to have stepped out of your college dorm. Bill Clinton is the guy who never lost a BS session argument. Ted Cruz is the only guy who never lost an argument to Bill Clinton, but who also set the dorm record for causing eyes to roll. Barack Obama is the guy you could usually defeat in an argument but only »

Will Bill Clinton Be an Issue In 2016? [Updated]

Featured image As so often happens these days, it was Rand Paul who first raised the subject. Or, rather, his wife did. Senator Paul was a guest on Meet the Press when host David Gregory asked him to comment on an interview in Vogue in which Kelley Paul said, “Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his return to the White House, even as first spouse. I would say his behavior »

It’s Always the Nazis

Featured image There’s an old trope that the only safe bad guys in Hollywood any more are the Nazis.  Any other group of bad guys has an advocacy group that will raise a ruckus, or Hollywood is worried about offending the all important overseas market for film distribution. (Hence the film adaptation of World War Z changed the bad guys from the Chinese to some mysterious source in Russia.)  It is doubtful »

Peter Baker, live from Gate 21

Featured image Peter Baker is the distinguished New York Times White House reporter and author, most recently, of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House. I was delighted to find myself sitting next to Peter on my flight from Minneapolis to Washington this morning. Peter had taken the red eye from Seattle and was on his way home from a trip promoting the book. He couldn’t have been nicer. »

The Clinton Foundation’s man in Cairo was also the Muslim Brotherhood’s

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon reports that a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until fairly recently, was employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation, was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. The official, Gehad el-Haddad, had been serving as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials. In that capacity, while the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt, he “push[ed] the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, »

Hillary Clinton and North African riots

Featured image Years ago, I read that the first movie Bill Clinton took Hillary to see when they were dating was The Battle of Algiers. If so, Bill made a shrewd choice. The Battle of Algiers was a cult classic among leftists of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its final scene depicting Algerians rioting against the French is so realistic and intense that, as a film critic for the New Yorker »