Photo, above: Hillary catches Bill Clinton ogling Ivanka Trump during President Trump’s inauguration.
It only took the left two decades to begin attacking Bill Clinton for his many sexual misdeeds. Better late than never, I reckon.
But, what took so long? And why now has the entire liberal weenie machine turned against Slick Willie?
Is it finally a “coming to Jesus” moment for the Democrat Party? Are they now declaring that sexual assault is an abhorrent offense, no matter on which side of the political divide it takes place?
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No, that is not the reason Democrats are now attacking Bill Clinton. They are attacking Bill Clinton to justify their attack on Judge Roy Moore. They realize that their attacks on Judge Moore are only laughed at as long as the right can reasonably ask, “What about Bill Clinton?” So, they attack! The Clintons are now expendable anyway, so who cares, right?
From The Washington Times
The first sign that Mr. Clinton’s days as a Democratic icon may be numbered came in a tweet Friday from MSNBC host Chris Hayes,.
“As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton‘ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him,” Mr. Hayes said.
After Mr. Hayes’ commentary came the deluge. New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg declared in a Tuesday op-ed that “I Believe Juanita,” referring to Arkansas business owner Juanita Broaddrick, whose 1989 accusation that Mr. Clinton raped her in 1978 has long been dismissed by Democrats.
The same day, The Atlantic magazine ran an op-ed by contributing editor Caitlin Flanagan headlined, “Bill Clinton: A Reckoning,” which recalled how Mr. Clinton was rescued in the 1990s by “machine feminism” in a low point for the women’s movement.
She cited feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s 1998 op-ed in The New York Times insisting that Mr. Clinton was guilty not of sexual harassment but rather of having made a “pass” at Kathleen Willey after she said he groped and rubbed his crotch against her in the Oval Office.
In doing so, Ms. Steinem “slut-shamed, victim-blamed, and age-shamed,” said Ms. Flanagan, thus establishing “contemporary feminism as a weaponized auxiliary of the Democratic Party.”
Ms. Steinem wasn’t alone. Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh was famously quoted in 1998 saying that she would be “happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.”
“If [Harvey] Weinstein and Mark Halperin and Louis C.K. and all the rest can be held accountable, so can our former president and so can his party, which so many Americans so desperately need to rise again,” Ms. Flanagan said.
Columnist Nicole Hemmer said Tuesday that the “most pressing issue for Democrats is Bill Clinton” if they are to rebound in 2018 and 2020. She urged them to “confront their mistakes and misdeeds in the realm of sexual harassment.”
“In practical terms, that means not having Bill Clinton speak at the 2020 convention, and keeping him off the campaign trail,” Ms. Hemmer said in U.S. News & World Report.
Another liberal media figure, Vox.com’s Matthew Yglesias, took it a step further Wednesday with an article declaring, “Bill Clinton should have resigned.”
Why the sudden willingness to relitigate the Clinton case? Part of the reason lies in the ongoing uproar surrounding sexual harassment unleashed by last month’s accusations by multiple women against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, which has since expanded to include dozens of celebrities and political figures.
But the political landscape also has shifted, as conservatives have observed.
After years of supporting the Clintons, Democrats no longer have to worry about keeping Mr. Clinton in the White House or protecting the feminist image of Hillary Clinton, first during her Senate career and then her 2008 and 2016 presidential runs.
“Let’s just say that discarding the Clintons when they’re no longer politically useful to retroactively grab the higher moral ground isn’t exactly an act of heroism,” said Federalist Senior Editor David Harsanyi. “This isn’t a reckoning as much as it is a face-saving.”
Skeptics also asked whether Mr. Clinton would be coming under fire if his wife had won the White House.
“Don’t believe this moralize claptrap for a second,” RedState said Wednesday in a post. “The sole purpose of this newfound belief in the dignity of women is due to the fact that Roy Moore may lose a Senate seat. The moment a Democrat politician comes under scrutiny we’ll be back to [the] Gloria Steinem defense of Bill Clinton on the allegations by Kathleen Willey.”