Jewish World Review June 13, 2003 / 13 Sivan, 5763
Why did Hillary write the book?
Having survived and gotten elected to the Senate without
talking about her stormy relationship with her husband,
why on earth would Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) do
She must know that few people, if any, believe that
she didn’t know that her husband was dallying
with Monica Lewinsky. She has to realize how parading
the phony explanation that she only “found out”
on Aug. 15, 1998, wears down her credibility.
Is there anyone who really believes that she didn’t
• His admitting, under oath, to an affair with
• The stain on Monica’s dress;
• The FBI request for a DNA sample from her husband,
• Secretary Betty Currie’s circumlocutions
to get Monica into the Oval Office;
• Dozens of middle-of-the-night phone calls from
the president to Monica;
• Learning that Monica had entered into a plea
bargain deal with Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel.
For Hillary not to know, given all this, she would
have to be deaf and blind.
So why would Hillary expose herself to this kind of
public ridicule? With a dismal credibility rating in
the USA Today poll of before the book came out, why
would she have her own finger-wagging moment of lying
in public, her sequel to his “I did not have sex
with that woman”?
The answer is obvious: Money.
In the lexicon of Clinton scandalography, sex has been
Bill’s problem and money has been Hillary’s.
He had Gennifer Flowers, she had Whitewater. He had
Paula Jones, she had the Rose Law Firm. He had Juanita
Broaddrick, she had the futures market. He had Monica
Lewinsky, she had the billing records. He had the pardons,
she had the gift registry. He had the state troopers,
she brought Webster Hubbell to the table.
So Hillary had a choice: handle the Lewinsky scandal
with dignity and studied aloofness, or plunge right
in with an explanation nobody credits.
For an $8 million advance, Hillary decided to take
the risk. For a memoir with distinction and credibility,
she would only have gotten $2 million or so. But for
a tawdry tell-all, she made four times as much.
Let’s get a few basic facts straight:
Hillary lied about not believing that Bill was involved
with Monica on Jan. 21, 1998. She lied because she had
to defend her husband to keep him — and her —
in office. She couldn’t lead his defense and admit
to believing the charges at the same time.
Then, when proof came in the form of an unexpected
stain on a blue dress, Hillary had to backfill with
a story about being deceived, so she invented the Aug.
15, 1998 denouement that supposedly happened right before
Bill testified before the grand jury.
Now, to make $8 million, she must keep up the story
and lead the book with a lie.
Why did she choose to stay with Bill? The answer: because
he was, and he remains, pivotal to her political life,
to her fundraising, and to her strategizing efforts.
He is her consultant, her fundraiser, and her chief
adviser rolled into one. He may not be faithful, but
he sure is loyal.
All this begs another question: Why did she publish
now? Why does she do this in the middle of the presidential
race when the candidates of her own party are struggling
to gain traction? And why is Bill planning to publish
his own memoir in September, 2004, just 60 days before
Neither of the Clintons wants a Democrat to do well
in ’04. It is vital to their plans that President
Bush wins reelection so Hillary can have a shot at an
open White House in 2008. If she had to wait until 2012,
she would be 65 and the bloom from her husband’s
presidency might have faded from view.
By constantly talking about the 22nd Amendment, Hillary’s
possible ’08 candidacy, the achievements of the
Clinton administration, etc., etc., the Clinton duo
keeps other Democratic hopefuls at bay. Unable to gain
attention during the Iraq War and the war on terrorism,
Hillary now pushes them off stage. Then comes the summer
doldrums. By September, none of them will have any real
One needs a codebook to unravel the Clintons and their
motives, plans, and purposes. A very, very weird one.
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