Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 8/18/17
Hillary Clinton’s memoir, bearing the title “What Happened,” is now on sale and excepts are being released to the media. For a mere $18, you can read, in Mrs. Clinton’s own words, as she tells of her experiences as the Democratic Party’s 2016 nominee for president. (If you have the stomach, you can actually listen to Mrs. Clinton read the book to you for free if you sign up for a free trial of Amazon’s Audible service.)
I doubt that I’ll read the book and there is precisely zero chance that I will listen while Hillary reads it to me. So, my judgment of the book is confined to my reaction to the excerpts released to the media.
In one such excerpt Mrs. Clinton recalls the experience of standing next to Donald Trump on the debate stage during the campaign. “My skin crawled,” she says. She goes on to describe choosing between “biting my tongue, digging my finger nails into a clenched fist,” or saying to Trump, “…back up you creep. Get away from me.”
It is interesting that Mrs. Clinton is so sensitive, especially when you consider the things in her past that did not make her skin crawl. A partial (emphasis on partial) recap follows.
During the campaign, Mrs. Clinton took Donald Trump to task for the boorish things he said about women on a hot mic while with Billy Bush on the set of “Access Hollywood.” She also said that when it comes to a woman claiming sexual assault, “You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed.”
That is unless your name is Juanita Broaddrick and you are describing being raped by Mrs. Clinton’s husband, Bill. Broaddrick’s recollection of that alleged incident was so compelling that NBC, historically and nominally a Clinton supporter, couldn’t resist airing the interview.
Yet Hillary’s skin apparently didn’t crawl. She instead, by numerous credible reports, set about intimidating and threatening Juanita Broaddrick.
It similarly did not seem to bother Hillary when she learned that Bill had inserted a cigar into the nether regions of Monica Lewinski. (That actually makes my skin crawl.) She instead attacked Ms. Lewinski, calling her, among other things, a “narcissistic loony toon.”
Apparently none of Bill’s sexual indiscretions gave Hillary the creeps. In fact, she lumped all of Bill’s women into a group that she derisively labeled as, “Bill’s rodeo queens.”
The same Hillary Clinton whose sensibilities were assaulted by the mere physical presence of Donald Trump didn’t seem at all uncomfortable lying to the families of the personnel who died on her watch at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. She did so even as the coffins of those dead loved ones were being unloaded. Talk about cynicism.
Alas, time and space impose their limits so let’s just leave it at this.
If you voted for Donald Trump and are now experiencing even the teensiest bit of buyer’s remorse, take a moment to consider who you would have gotten instead.