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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Maureen Dowd, "The Gospel According to Paul": Resurrecting the Stained Blue Dress

The blue dress stained with presidential seminal fluid? Honestly, with all the problems facing the world today, I just don't care. Yet, some sixteen years after the event, Senator Rand Paul would again have us focus our attention on Bill's indiscretion. Spare me.

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Gospel According to Paul" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/opinion/sunday/dowd-the-gospel-according-to-paul.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss), Maureen Dowd tells us about Paul's efforts to resurrect this Oval Office indiscretion and sully Hillary's as yet unannounced campaign for the presidency in 2016. Interestingly enough, Dowd seems willing to play ball with Paul:

"I agree that Paul’s aim was true. He distracted from the Republicans’ abysmal war on women by pointing at an abysmal moment in feminist history, when feminists betrayed their principles to defend a president who had behaved in a regressive way with women because he had progressive policies on women.

Instead of owning up, Bill Clinton forced his humiliated wife, a feminist icon, and women in his cabinet — Madeleine Albright and Donna Shalala — into the dreadful position of defending him when he was lying about his conduct.

Seven years after the feminists tried to bring down a Supreme Court nominee for sexual harassment — but really for his conservative stances — they went into contortions to defend Clinton. Gloria Steinem wrote a Times Op-Ed titled 'Why Feminists Support Clinton' that somehow boiled down to 'yes means yes.'"

Dowd's catty conclusion:

"It is not so simple to cast Hillary as a victim; she was also part of the damage-control team to vouch for her husband and undermine his mistress. White House aides and other Democrats spread the word that Monica was a troubled young woman with stalker tendencies.

. . . .

Monica had to be sacrificed for the greater good of the Clintons and feminist ambitions. Hillary was furious at Bill — stories were leaked that he was sleeping on the couch — but she also had to protect her political investment. If he collapsed, she was done. And she was going up — to the Senate and eventually the Oval Office."

Me? I don't like Paul or Hillary, but judge Hillary on the basis of the Lewinsky scandal? No way. Instead, we should be examining Hillary's accomplishments as a senator and secretary of state, i.e. none.

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