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Clinton rape scandal resurfaces in Akin controversy: The McCaskill-Clinton videos.
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Not to mention that the “legitimate rape” controversy draws attention to the unintended irony of this remark on Clinton’s selection by Obama campaign chief David Axelrod:
“There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective….”
For those who came in late, let’s recall the facts. (And note: our friend Mark Levin was the first to raised this subject as the liberal criticism of Akin grew.)
In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas and a former state attorney general, was caught up in a swirl of allegations that he was your basic womanizer. One woman, Gennifer Flowers, came forward in a formal press conference to say that she in fact had been a Clinton paramour. She produced audiotapes of Clinton talking with her over the phone — talking about both the intimacy of their personal relationship and the campaign. There was much chewing of much political fat. As here with then-Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos on ABC — where he is now an anchor — saying “Bill Clinton has no character problem” and that allegations about Flowers and other women were “side issues.” (Years later, in his memoirs, Stephanopoulos said simply of Clinton and Flowers: “He lied.”) Next, candidate Clinton along with wife Hillary, then both newcomers to the national scene, took to the set of the CBS show 60 Minutes to acknowledge problems in their marriage but insist all was now well. Come November, Clinton was president-elect.
Soon enough — in late 1993 — the “Troopergate” scandal erupted, revealed in the pages of The American Spectator. With allegations that Arkansas state troopers had been used during Clinton’s governorship to assist the governor with his womanizing. Paula Jones surfaced for the first time. In other words, the womanizing tales began to blossom more fully in the Clinton first term.
Time passed. Other issues inevitably came to the fore — the economy, terrorism, the usual. In 1996 Clinton was re-elected with 49% of the vote, defeating former Kansas Senator Bob Dole (and a third party Ross Perot).
In early 1998, out of the seeming blue, another Clinton “bimbo eruption” (as his staff called them) erupted. This one would not go away.
The President was accused of having an affair with a young White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. This in turn launched a veritable small parade of women coming forth with allegations of Clinton’s inappropriate sexual behavior.
One of the women involved was Juanita Broaddrick. Ms. Broaddrick, a nursing home administrator and successful professional, had been a campaign volunteer in Clinton’s 1978 campaign when then-Attorney General Clinton was running for governor. Lisa Myers of NBC first reported her story for television (no video link available.) But at a later date Broaddrick sat down with the Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz and told her story again.
Here are the key parts of the Broaddrick story as she told them to Rabinowitz:
The story: In 1978, 35-year-old Juanita Broaddrick—a Clinton campaign worker—had already owned a nursing home for five years. Since her graduation from nursing school she had worked for several such facilities and decided she wanted to run one of her own. It was that home that Attorney General Clinton visited one day, on a campaign stop during his run for governor. He invited Juanita, then still married to her first husband, to visit campaign headquarters when she was in Little Rock. As it happened, she told him, she was planning to attend a seminar of the American College of Nursing Home Administrators the very next week and would do just that. On her arrival in Little Rock, she called campaign headquarters. Mrs. Broaddrick was surprised to be greeted by an aide who seemed to expect her call, and who directed her to call the attorney general at his apartment. They arranged to meet at the coffee shop of the Camelot Hotel, where the seminar was held—a noisy place, Mr. Clinton pointed out; they could have coffee in her room.
They had not been there more than five minutes, Mrs. Broaddrick says, when he moved close as they stood looking out at the Arkansas River. He pointed out an old jailhouse and told her that when he became governor, he was going to renovate that place. (The building was later torn down, but in the course of their searches, NBC’s investigators found proof that, as Mrs. Broaddrick said, there had been such a jail at the time.) But the conversation did not linger long on the candidate’s plans for social reform. For, Mrs. Broaddrick relates, he then put his arms around her, startling her.
“He told me, ‘We’re both married people,’” she recalls. She recalls, too, that in her effort to make him see she had no interest of this kind in him, she told him yes, they were both married but she was deeply involved with another man—which was true. She was talking about the man she would marry after her divorce, David Broaddrick, now her husband of 18 years.
The argument failed to persuade Mr. Clinton, who, she says, got her onto the bed, held her down forcibly and bit her lips. The sexual entry itself was not without some pain, she recalls, because of her stiffness and resistance. When it was over, she says, he looked down at her and said not to worry, he was sterile—he had had mumps when he was a child. “As though that was the thing on my mind—I wasn’t thinking about pregnancy, or about anything,” she says. “I felt paralyzed and was starting to cry.”
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