In the winter of ’56, Khrushchev told the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union that Stalin may not have been a very nice guy. In the fall of ’17, the media began to concede that maybe Bill Clinton did abuse a whole bunch of women. And maybe those women weren’t really part of a vast right-wing conspiracy to make a bloated piggish progressive hero seem like he might not be a very nice guy.
Why are Democrats turning on the Clintons? Same reason Khrushchev turned on Stalin. They’re purging the Clintons for the same reasons that they defended them. They’re calling out Bill Clinton for his sexual assaults for the same reasons that they covered them up. It’s about power and money.
The Democrats smeared Bill Clinton’s accusers then. Now they’ll exploit them to throw the Clintons out.
The #MeToo campaign provided an opening. But if you really want to understand why the left is disavowing Bill Clinton, ignore the hashtags and look at the bigger picture.
Earlier this month, the rollout of Donna Brazile’s book raked Hillary Clinton and her campaign over the coals. The former interim DNC boss made the case that the Clinton campaign had rigged the primaries.
Brazile’s outrage at the rigging is laughable. Not only was she caught passing a debate question to Hillary, but the only reason she was allowed to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz is that she was a Clintonista who had served as a Clinton adviser and was promoted to head Gore’s campaign.
After Hillary’s collapse, Brazile was left out in the cold. Like Schultz, she was one of Hillary’s fall girls. And unlike Schultz, she didn’t have a cozy congressional district to call her own. Her CNN contract was torn up after the debate question leak. (Though if you think CNN was actually surprised that a Clinton ally leaked it to the Clintons, you’re also shocked that there’s gambling going on at Rick's Cafe Americain. CNN had disavow Donna who then had to disavow Hillary. Now the Dems are disavowing the Clintons.)
Brazile’s book tour was Act 1 in purging the Clintons from the Dem establishment. Talking about Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment and abuses is Act 2. And the odds are very good that there’s an Act 3.
Why get rid of the Clintons? Let’s look at what the First Grifters have been doing to the Dems.
In May, Hillary rolled out Onward Together. The new SuperPAC was supposed to fundraise for lefty groups. But the groups don’t actually appear to be getting the cash.
Understandable. The flat broke Clintons always have lots of bills to pay and private jets to book. And good chardonnay doesn’t come cheap. A 1787 vintage Chateau d'Yquem runs to $100K a bottle.
Fresh from that success, a paid advisor to Hillary co-launched something being called Party Majority. This wonderful new organization would “act as a parallel structure to Democratic Party committees at the national and state levels”, vacuuming up a whole lot of cash while putting its boot on the DNC.
The Clintons were once again trying to displace the DNC. And that would let them skim a lot of cash from the DNC to fund their political operation and lifestyle. And, even once again, rig the process.
Who’s up for Hillary in 2020?
Party Majority rolled out in early November. Since then the Clintons are suddenly being hit from all sides by their own.
Funny how that works.
If President Hillary Clinton were in the White House, the First Gentleman could work his way through an entire nunnery and every media outlet in the country would praise him as our greatest feminist.
If the Clintons had done the decent thing (for the first time in their miserable grifter lives) and stepped away from politics, Bill could have been a bitter, bigoted and befuddled Democrat elder statesman.
Just like Jimmy Carter.
But the Clintons just wouldn’t stop. And so the circular firing squad has finally been convened. Its members are hypocritically pretending that they’re purging Bill because they suddenly care about the women he had sexually assaulted over the years.
It only took the Dems an entire generation to figure out that rape is wrong.
Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings are terrible. Every time she goes on television, more people are likely to vote Republican. Her entire existence is a reminder of why the Democrats lost so badly in ’16.
Not only won’t Hillary Clinton retire to bake cookies and send anonymous threatening letters to her neighbors because their kids occasionally throw a ball over her mansion’s iron gates, but she insists on sabotaging the 2020 candidates who are her party’s best hope to succeed where she miserably failed.
Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened, took numerous shots at Bernie Sanders. And her entire book tour appeared designed to sabotage his book tour. Then she began attacking Joe Biden.
Both Bernie and Joe, unlike her, are viable 2020 candidates. (Which says nothing good about the Dems.)
The media doesn’t suddenly “believe Juanita”. Or rather it always knew that Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and the other women were telling the truth. It didn’t silence them because it thought they were lying. It silenced them because they were telling the truth about its guy.
Now Bill Clinton isn’t the media’s guy anymore. He’s a problem.
And what the media does “believe” is that the Clintons will continue to be a liability that might cost them victories in 2018 and 2020. The DNC badly needs money. The Clintons are once again posing a threat to the DNC’s financial viability. And the Dems have become less willing to lose House and Senate seats to sate the insatiable greed of the grifters from Hope.
Then there’s 2020. The Dems don’t want to risk their nominee facing passive aggressive attacks by Hillary Clinton. Nor do they even want to see Hillary Clinton on the air for the entire election.
The Clintons could have had a nice retirement. Seats on boards and foundations. Occasional smaller scale speaking gigs. Bill would have been a featured speaker at the next DNC convention.
And maybe even Hillary in a lesser role.
But they wouldn’t go quietly. And now the left is making it a mandatory retirement.
Act 1 blames Hillary for rigging the primaries. Act 2 calls out Bill’s abuse of women. Acts 3, 4 and 5 will delve into some other Clinton scandals that Democrats have been denying for over a generation. If the Clintons don’t get the message, the final act will plant a big red boot in their behinds.
And this won’t even be the first time that the Dems tried to get rid of the Clintons.
After Bill’s time was up, the Dems and the media tried to head off a Hillary political career at the pass. Let’s flip through the pages of the New York Times in 2001 that describes Hillary's “calamitous Senate debut” and cautions that “talk about her presidential prospects has ground to a halt.”
“The man is so thoroughly corrupt it's frightening,” a Times column reads. “The Clintons may or may not be led away in handcuffs someday.”
In AmSoc, history is constantly being rewritten. A few years later, no criticism of the Clintons could be allowed. And everyone forgot that Carter’s chief-of-staff had called them, “The First Grifters.”
Or at least they pretended to forget.
It’s not the first time that the Dems have tried to get rid of the Clintons. But it might be the last.
Like Stalin’s Communist successors, Democrats should not be allowed to pretend that they knew nothing or that their purge of the Clintons is motivated by a sudden attack of integrity.
They’re purging the Clintons for the same reason that they covered up for them.
They’re calling out Bill Clinton for his sexual assaults for the same reason that they covered them up.
They did it out of political self-interest then. And they’re doing it out of political self-interest now. There’s nothing clean or honest about what they’re doing. There’s no moral reckoning here. Only a political reckoning. It’s not about the women Bill abused. It’s about DNC cash and the 2020 election.
That’s the dirty, ugly truth. And it’s as dirty and ugly as the Clintons and the Democrats.
(This article previously appeared at Front Page Magazine.)
There is no concerted organized democratic operatives attack on the Clintons. No palace coup. Not even a mass execution of the Ancien Regime to ensure they can never come to power again. What you see is the petty revenge of a thousand insulted infuriated apparatchiks who were kicked, lied to and abused with the promise and the hope that if they tolerated her they'd eventually be rewarded like every minor aristocrat in the wake of the Norman invasion of Britain.ReplyDelete
Hillary truly believes it was her historic destiny to be handed the presidency and the underlings helping her came too to believe it was their due. Donna Brazile is no innocent, she's a political gangster who already, in her head, spent her cut. Are we to believe that even when we discovered that she was on both payrolls, the campaign and CNN, that Hillary was unable to pressure her CNN media to spin some nonsense to keep her on? No she chose not to and then gave her the DNC job to keep Brazile closer and to make sure she didn't go off the rez. And there will likely be more. More senior operatives with tell-alls and side deals because if nothing else, the Clintons are famous for abandoning all their friends and sending them off as human land mine detectors. I'm waiting for someone like James Comey to let it all hang out; the crimes, the obstruction of justice, the blackmail, the bribery. His reputation is in tatters, what's he got to lose? Hang Hillary out, Lynch, all of them.
Right on as usual...ReplyDelete
As usual here...spot on!ReplyDelete
A couple months ago, after seeing a few msm articles a little harder on the Clinton's than they were historically, I thought the same thing - they're wanted out.
All your excellent points notwithstanding - I still make the following prediction:ReplyDelete
1. Hillary will try again in 2020. It is unlikely she will get the nomination, but it is not impossible.
2. Starting around 2024 or 2028, Chelsea will start running. Let us all hope she will never succeed.
You're right...the Clinton's are electorally useless. However, he will be used (like the other democrat transgressors) as a whipping boy to "prove" the Left are on the side of Moral's....and so go after Trump and his sexual issue's. This will become another avenue to impeachment and demoralization.ReplyDelete
"Why the Democrats Really Turned On Bill Clinton"ReplyDelete
Well we can be sure it had absolutely nothing to do with the left getting morals or a guilty conscience. One thing I can't understand is why the right has this obsession with the Clintons? It's like a drug. Every time one of them gets mentioned in the news the entire right goes into a epileptic fit of days on end explaining and criticizing the latest comment with every psychobabble means imaginable. IT'S OVER,THEY"RE DONE.....FINISHED ! You in the press are keeping them alive with this incessant coverage of an irrelevant family. How does that old saying go? "There is no bad press as long as your name is in the news" The Clintons have that as a family motto !
We as a nation are split more today than any time since the 1960's. We are split in numerous ways with more important issues pressing that we need to cover immediately than dealing with another Kardashian family. Is it a drug that obsesses us with these "Schadenfreude" stories or are we using them as a distraction to avoid facing the reality of the charlatans and demagogues we elected?
It's a great piece, Daniel, as always. I only have a small issue with your timeline. It puts too much weight on the Clintons' recent moves. But it took Donna Brazile quite a few months to write her book, even with the best assistants. We can actually make a rough estimate. She could not possibly start before January, 2017. Remember that, even after the elections, the Dems clung to the last hope when they demanded to recount the votes. Then they also mobilized movie stars to convince the electoral college to betray the folks who elected them. Then they hoped that nobody would attend the inauguration. So, she probably embarked on her project in February or later. I suspect that someone encouraged her to go ahead. I wonder who was that person?ReplyDelete
There are so many in the DC Cartel involved in the Clintons criminal actions that the truth will never come out. They will keep calling in every one Trump knows with phony accusations all the way down to his grade school teacher. The Clintons are true scumbags, worse than the Italian Mob ever thought of being. I think the first to suddenly have a tragic accident will be that idiot Anthony Wiener, who will end up a suicide or beaten to death in jail. Huma will leave the country, by boat, not plane. The Clintons are probably experts at crashing planes or mysterious suicides. They may be down, but the body county hasn't really started yet until the real threat of jail is over their heads.ReplyDelete
I hear ya, Sultan, but this Clinton crud is nowhere near the atrocity of Stalin. Find another comparison.ReplyDelete
Chateau d'Yquem is not a chardonnay. It is a sauvignon blanc/semillon blend.ReplyDelete
Given neither of them has ever earned an honest Buck -- and all, prima facie, are RICO racketeers -- How come AG @jeffsessions hasn't preemptively seized all of their bank accounts and properties? (Web Hubbell's dumber-than-dirt-bag daughter, Chelsea Cli'ton, too)ReplyDelete
Speaking of Khrushchev, one reason it was so hard to write about Soviet military campaigns during WW2 was that to write accurate history during the Stalin period was a capital offense, in part because even if in accord with current political narratives, if the political narrative shifted the historical account might contradict it.ReplyDelete
Something similar is going on with the Progressives today, including ignoring the law as written.
The Sanctuary Cities money is another absurdity, as Congress can just refuse to allocate the money to Progressive areas, as they are doing currently with disaster relief.
Sorry for wandering off topic, excellent article.
They may be "over, done, finished," as far as Bill is concerned and Hillary's future as an "office holder." But she still commands a sizable following and probably gets paid handsomely for all her public appearances.ReplyDelete
Soooooo what if there are just as many low information voters for Hillary as there are for "The Great Pumpkin"? And so what if they feel the need to pay to hear her cackling? You let the Clintons get into your head and she is wandering about up there unsupervised. They have no power so move on in your life.
That was an ugly and enlightening read. Thanks Mr. Greenfield.ReplyDelete
There is no honor among thieves. They will turn on each other at the first sign of trouble.ReplyDelete
We all know that the different tribes on the left are at each others throat despite their supposed brotherhood. Leftist leaders know it, too. The next dear leader will be more ruthless to avoid the softy Clintons' demise. The way of the leftists ends feeding their relatives to the dogs.ReplyDelete
When I was reading the article and Hillary setting up parallel fundraising PACS, President Obama did the same thing with his "Organizing for American and Organizing for action" PACS and sucked away donor dollars away from the DNC and to be used for the uses of the president and not the DNC. This policy left the DNC in a lot of debt and to clear the debt, the DNC had to tie their financials to the Hillary campaign and launder money for Hillary and allowed her to skirt the campaign limit caps. With Hillary starting new PACS after the election will guarentee that the DNC will be starved for cash during the 2018 and 2020 election.ReplyDelete