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    The Clintons’ Baggage is Finally Catching up to Them

    The Clintons’ Baggage is Finally Catching up to Them

    Hillary can’t have it both ways.

    Hillary Clinton has a big problem. As a candidate, she wants to be seen as an advocate for women but her husband’s past and her defense of it conflicts with that message. She simply can’t have it both ways.

    To make matters worse, some of Bill Clinton’s accusers are starting to come forward.

    Mark Hensch and Jonathan Easley report at The Hill:

    Bill Clinton rape accuser: Hillary ‘tried to silence’ me

    A woman who publicly accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978 is resurrecting her claims on social media.

    “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me,” Juanita Broaddrick tweeted Wednesday.

    “Hillary tried to silence me,” she wrote of Bill Clinton’s wife and the current Democratic presidential front-runner. “I am now 73…it never goes away.”

    The Hill reached a woman by phone in Van Buren, Ark., on Wednesday who identified herself as Broaddrick. She said the Twitter account is hers.

    Broaddrick said she set the account up in 2009 but hasn’t used it much since because she’s unfamiliar with Twitter.

    The former nursing home administrator alleged in 1999 that Bill Clinton raped her in Little Rock, Ark., during his 1978 gubernatorial campaign.

    In a brief interview, Broaddrick, who said she retired after selling her nursing home business in 2008, said she’s decided to play a more visible role heading into 2016.

    According to Hillary Clinton’s own words, Ms. Broaddrick deserves to be believed.

    The world has changed since the 1990’s and the old rules no longer apply. Big media can no longer protect the Clintons by ignoring a story.

    In her new column at USA Today, Kirsten Powers points out a double standard that’s becoming obvious to everyone:

    A tale of two Bills: Cosby, Clinton and predatory men

    Much has changed since Bill and Hillary Clinton were swept into the White House amidst sordid tales about the Arkansas governor’s extra-marital sex life.

    Back then, a senior campaign aide (Betsey Wright) on a Democratic campaign could utter the phrase “bimbo eruptions” to demean women claiming to have had an affair with Bill Clinton. Today, such utterances would be rightly deemed unequivocally sexist.

    It was a time when a top Democratic loyalist (James Carville) unabashedly sneered at Paula Jones’ allegations of unwanted sexual advances by then-Gov. Clinton with the infamous quip, “If you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” Most famously, there was a young intern named Monica Lewinsky smeared by a senior White House aide (Sidney Blumenthal) as a “stalker.” Blumenthal reportedly also told journalists that the 49-year-old president of the United States had been “the victim of a predatory and unstable sexually demanding young woman,” age 22.

    Read the rest here.

    This issue is not going away.

    If Hillary Clinton wants to hold the highest office in the land, it is completely fair for these questions to be asked with an expectation that she will answer them.

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    pesanteur | January 7, 2016 at 11:40 am

    “She simply can’t have it both ways.”

    History would say she certainly can. The question is, can she continue to have it both ways in a more media-diverse time.

    But Trump, not so much the rise of new media, is the real reason she appears to be vulnerable on the issue. He, no one else, took the offensive (while cleverly feigning to play defense) when and where the GOP never dared. Now others are following.


     
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    Radegunda | January 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    “Today, such utterances would be rightly deemed unequivocally sexist.” Well, not necessarily. Not if they’re uttered by powerful Democrats.

    And Cosby would probably be treated with more indulgence if he hadn’t made statements over the years challenging the victim-culture that Democrats have promoted in the black community.


       
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      Radegunda in reply to Radegunda. | January 7, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Kirsten Powers seems to have forgotten that the people who said “so what?” to Bill’s abuse of women were often the very same people who had recently expressed horror and outrage over a tasteless joke that Clarence Thomas was alleged to have uttered in Anita Hill’s presence and his alleged efforts to persuade her to date him.


     
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    Henry Hawkins | January 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    “She simply can’t have it both ways.”

    She’s had nothing but since 1992.


     
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    American Human | January 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Concerning that “expectation that she will answer them.”, I sincerely hope no one is holding their breath on this.


     
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    showtime8 | January 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Karma is such a great thing! What goes around will return. The Clintons had every opportunity to face these problems and to change their ways and they chose to vilify the victims which allowed Bill to continue to behave as a predator. They have sown these seeds and and will get the reward that goes along with it. Hopefully it is a retirement plan in a prison for both of them.


       
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      Radegunda in reply to showtime8. | January 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      You may have too much confidence in earthly justice. Did Ted Kennedy go to prison? Will Lois Lerner or John Koskinen? Will Barack Obama or Eric Holder ever be held to account for their assaults on the law and the Constitution?


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