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Sex Scandals at 20 Paces

John on November 28, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in Iowa. Hillary had been up 10 points but a lousy debate performance, followed by whining about made her look vulnerable. The other thing that probably didn’t help was this article by Robert Novak:

Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party’s presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use it.

Sadly for Hillary, Obama isn’t the only one with dirty laundry. There have been rumors afoot for weeks now that another big Clinton sex-scandal was on the way. Some have speculated it would involve Hillary and her attractive, unmarried traveling companion Huma Abedin. But according to this report on HuffPost, it’s actually going to be another Bill scandal:

Look, I am concerned. I’ve just spent two weeks travelling and speaking with media elites in L.A., Chicago, NYC, and D.C. and among other things, I was repeatedly told that The New York Times and The L.A. Times are “sitting on a BIG Clinton story.” What concerns me is that this story has nothing to do with Hillary, her policy positions, her record, or her presidential potential. The “big story” everyone is sitting on apparently has to do with the many current affairs of Bill Clinton, whom, they will allege, has a gal in every port.

Frankly, I think all three scandals are likely to be true. Does it matter? Well, not purely as a matter of scandal. I think, as it did with Bill and Monica, what matters is that the American people are being lied to like crazy.

Personally, I think there’s some truth to the old saw that “everyone lies about sex.” Still, not everyone is running for President. More to the point, not everyone who lies about sex is lying to the whole country.

So, rather than find out 30 years from now that Hillary was bisexual and Bill had affairs into his 80s, I’d prefer if we could just stipulate now that Bill and Hillary have a complex relationship in which seeking public office is the primary form of gratification. Then Americans could make an honest decision about whether that’s something they can overlook…or not.

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