Racial double standard on display as media forgets Paula Jones case was dismissed.
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In other words, again to be plain, the Governor of the State of Arkansas summoned one of his employees to his hotel suite, closed the door, dropped his pants, exposed himself and asked her to “kiss it.”
Sharon Bialek alleges nothing even remotely close to this — she says Cain put a hand up her skirt, started to tug her head to his crotch, she said no — and that’s it. Fourteen years ago.
So why all this fuss over Herman Cain?
Let’s go back to the first Clinton “bimbo eruption” (as the Clinton folks called them in the day) — Gennifer Flowers. For those who came in late, Ms. Flowers interrupted the Clinton march on the White House during the winter of 1992 with a story that she had been having an affair with Governor Clinton.
Years later, when a somewhat disaffected George Stephanopoulos departed the Clinton White House for a fat book contract and, later, a career at ABC News, he wrote of how the Clinton campaign staff — that would be George and James Carville — handled the Flowers episode in his book All Too Human: A Political Education:
We’d either survive now and go on to fight other battles… or… we’d become just another anecdote in the long lore of New Hampshire.
As the reporters talked among themselves, I imagined their conversation: “Should we ask him?… Don’t we have to?… Hate to, though…. Remember Paul.” In 1987 Paul Taylor of the [Washington] Post had broken a barrier by asking [presidential candidate] Gary Hart flat-out if he’d ever committed adultery. After that uncomfortable moment in a crowded room, many reporters and their papers vowed to resist sex stories….
The ex-Clinton aide goes on to detail how the Clinton campaign set out to make the case that there was no big deal here. It was, of course, only about sex:
OK… He’s already said he didn’t have a perfect marriage; what more do they want? And what does it matter — what does that have to do with being president? The tabloids are attacking him to make money; the right-wingers are attacking because they’re afraid he’ll win and afraid of what he’ll do. We can’t let them get away with it or it will never stop…. When two of the three network news broadcasts that evening made no mention of Gennifer Flowers, we rejected all the interview requests and returned to Little Rock.
Then came the invite from CBS for Bill and Hillary to appear on 60 Minutes to discuss the situation. The Clinton team prepped the Governor, including with this note from Stephanopoulos:
Use your family as a metaphor for character. You’ve had problems in your marriage, you’ve faced them, you’ve worked through them, and you’re coming out stronger than ever.
And what did Clinton say that night to America?
As his faithful aide wrote it up:
He admitted to causing “pain” in his marriage and added that most Americans “get it.” And most viewers did. People heard that Clinton hadn’t always been faithful, but they also saw a talented and idealistic couple who were committed to their marriage and the country’s future…. What’s past is past. It’s time to move on.
And so… America elected Bill Clinton President of the United States.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?