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“Although Clinton bashing isn’t the sport it used to be — and it is truly old — the redoubtable Christopher Hitchens hasn’t finished playing the game and dusts off some cuttings from the ‘No One Left To Lie To’ writing room floor. He’s claiming BJ was a ‘double’ for the CIA during his Oxford years and that they both slept with the same future radical feminist during that time. Hitch gagged when we asked if it was Germaine Greer.”
We can’t help on the CIA front — though we do recall a visit to our old offices a decade ago from an American businessman who’d done business in Eastern European and insisted he’d come across people with evidence Clinton had actually offered his services to the KGB — but we are in position to recall what we published in June 1993 issue of The American Spectator. It was a piece by Stuart Reid entitled “Clinton’s Ex-Pats,” which included this:
“…What is less well known is that among Clinton’s close friends at Oxford was a fellow American Mandy Merck, who became an archetypal professional expat and a minor success in such journals as the New Statesman and Marxism Today. Theirs was no a sexual relationship. As Ms. Merck said last year: ‘Bill was the first boy I ever “came out” to. In fact, he was just about the first person outside my circle I ever felt I could tell I was a lesbian.’ One wonders what Clinton might have done to persuade Ms. Merck to come out.
“Whatever, Ms. Merck was not a woman to mess with. She proved her toughness when she joined the radical events magazine Time Out in the seventies and, as ‘Mother of the Chapel,’ helped organize a series of strikes that ended in 1981 when the entire staff was sacked. With the help of a loan of £80,000 from the Greater London Council, then run by ‘Red’ Ken Livingstone, the ex-staffers started a rival (and even more radical) events magazine, City Limits, which earlier this year went into liquidation. A key element of the final dispute at Time Out was that management wanted to pay some staff more than others, on the old-fashioned principle that some staff are worth more than others, while Merck & Co. insisted that all staff should be paid the same wage. Tony Elliott, who owns Time Out, now talks of ‘bloody Mandy Merck.’ She was, he says, ‘undisputably the prime mover in all our troubles, a classic case of a dilettante radical — bright and manipulative.’ Remind you of anyone?
“More recently, Ms. Merck has produced gay and lesbian programs for both the BBC and Channel Four. In February, the feminist publishing house Virago put out a collection of Ms. Merck’s essays under the promising title, Perversions: Deviant Readings. Pity the kids at Cornell, where Ms. Merck is now a visiting professor in feminist ontology, or some such.”
Could Ms. Marck be Mr. Hitchens’ mystery woman? We await the definitive biography of either principal — or better yet, the memoirs of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Someone is bound to remember something from those good old days.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online