Last night, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech at the DNC convention which was intended to ‘introduce’ a near-septuagenarian harpy to America. It was a fool’s task. We were ‘introduced’ to Hillary Clinton in early 1993 when she illegally fired White House travel office staff to make room for Clinton loyalists. We were introduced to her time and again via “bimbo eruptions” and Whitewater and Hillary-Care. Since then we’ve been “introduced” to her, time and again, as she peddled Obama birther stories, presided over the turning over of Libya and Egypt to radical Islamists, intiated a regional civil war for grins, lied about the sacking of the US consulate in Benghazi and about her mishandling of highly classified information. In fact, Hillary’s biggest problem in this election is that the American people know her all too well for what she is: a greedy, self-serving, dishonest, lying, opportunistic, incompetent hag-box.
Be that as it may, according to former RedStater, Erick Erickson, it was not a bad speech… if you found yourself nostalgic for the days of Chinese Communist money funding Democrat candidates, the chaos of the internet bubble, etc. It was a highly romanticized version of a truly abysmal simulacrum of marriage.
The evidence against Ms. Clinton is strong. According to Hillary’s admiring biographer Gail Sheehy, author of Hillary’s Choice, one of the domestic assaults upon Bill Clinton occurred in 1993, when Hillary slashed Bill Clinton’s face with her long fingernails, leaving a “mean claw mark along his jawline.”
The incident was first explained as a “shaving accident” and a subsequent attempt was made to pin the blame on Socks the cat. Because of the gouge’s size, neither explanation was accepted by observers. Dee Dee Myers, the White House spokeswoman at the time, later explained to Sheehy that it had been singer Barbara Streisand’s visit to the White House that had sparked Hillary’s jealous, violent rage.
According to Christopher Andersen, author of Bill and Hillary, Hillary also assaulted Bill on August 13, 1999, after the Monica Lewinsky revelations. Andersen writes:
“…the President…weeping, begged her forgiveness. Much of what transpired next between Bill and Hillary Clinton was plainly audible to Secret Service agents and household staff members down the hall. In the past, Hillary had thrown books and an ashtray at the President — both hitting their mark…Hillary rose to her feet and slapped him across the face — hard enough to leave a red mark that would be clearly visible to Secret Service agents when he left the room.
” ‘You stupid, stupid, stupid bastard,’ Hillary shouted. Her words, delivered at the shrill, earsplitting level that had become familiar to White House personnel over the years, ricocheted down the corridor.”
Sheehy’s account of the incident is similar, adding that Hillary’s friend Linda Bloodworth-Thomasen, who was staying with her husband in the private quarters nearby, “thought it was great that Hillary ‘smacked him upside the head.’ “
What was more interesting was the way Bill Clinton edited his marital history. He gives nearly a year by year account of their relationship until this:
Now, when you are doing all of this, real life does not stop. 1997 was the year Chelsea finished high school and went to college. We were happy for her but sad for us to see her go. I will never forget moving her into her dorm room at Stanford. It would have been a great little reality flick. There I was, in a trance, just staring out the window trying not to cry and there was Hillary on her hands and knees, desperately looking for one more drawer to put that liner paper in. Finally, Chelsea took charge and told us ever-so-gently that it was time for us to go. So, we closed a big chapter in the most important work of our lives. As you will see Thursday night, when Chelsea speaks, Hillary has done a pretty fine job of being a mother. And as you saw last night beyond a shadow of a doubt, so has Michelle Obama.
Now fast forward, in 1999, congressman Charlie Rangel and other Democrats urged Hillary to run for the seat of retiring senator Pat Moynihan.
Whoa. Slow down. Didn’t something significant happen in 1998.
Bill Clinton’s version of his marriage, such as it is, to Hillary is a grotesque mockery of that institution… though, in fairness, no moreso than Donald Trump’s third and trophy wife. It is hard to see how his longwinded speech on a subject that is very well known in political circles is going to do much more than cause people to remember why they like Bill Clinton and why they always detested Hillary.