As any political scientist or hardcore political junkie can tell you, it does not take an election year to spark debate about who the future President of the United States will be. When it comes to the 2016 election cycle there is no question in my mind who hardcore Liberals want in the Oval Office and that is none other than Senator Hillary Clinton. Of course attached to a very short leash would be her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
A “Hillary 2016” grass root campaigning is already on the march aided by her biggest allies and campaign donors. And yet according to The Wall Street Journal, some of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidants and allies are not sold on the idea that the former secretary of state should run for president. Cheryl Mills, one of Clinton’s top advisers, believes Hillary should stay out of the race and has told her as much, the Journal reports. Television producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a longtime friend of the Clintons, says she thinks the former first lady would like to run. “I’m not in the political camp; I’m in the friends camp,” Bloodworth-Thomason says, “and the friends’ camp definitely has concerns about her running.”
I think her friends are correct and she would be wise to heed their advice. Unfortunately I do not believe that Hillary will take her friend’s concerns to heart because one can only imagine how badly she wants to be President. Also, as Presidential contenders go Hillary’s got a whole lot of bones in her closet, especially the shame brought to her name because of Benghazi. But let’s go back to the early Clinton White House days for a quick review of some of the many scandals surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton.
1. White House Property: This is one of the lesser scandals, but important all the same. As they were leaving the White House, there was a shady incident involving furnishings that were shipped to the Clinton’s new home in New York. Some went so far as to use the word stolen, but let’s just say there was a “misunderstanding” about a few items as to whether they were White House property or not. The President and his First Lady, Hillary eventually returned all of the items in question. From ABCNews.com:
After they were criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them when they left, the Clintons announced last week that they would pay for $86,000 worth of gifts, or nearly half the amount.
Their latest decision to send back $28,000 in gifts brings to $114,000 the value of items the Clintons have either decided to pay for or return.
2. Clinton Sex Scandals: The most public (and expensive) of Bill Clinton’s infidelities was the Monica Lewinsky “blue dress thing”–you remember, when Hillary’s husband, the Commander in Chief, testified about his “inappropriate relationship” with his Washington intern. President Clinton wore a blue suit but looked an off-shade of sick green as he looked straight into the camera, shook his pointed finger and insisted, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss. Lewinsky.”
Prior to Lewinsky there were (at least) two other women who testified against Bill Clinton regarding sex, Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones.
Yes, I realize that these unsavory actions were on the part of Hillary Clinton’s husband and not her own, but while I am in total support of a steadfast marriage through thick and thin, I question the type of woman who repeatedly puts up with such deeply disloyal (and very public) behavior.
3. Whitewater (or Whitewash) Scandal: In the spring of 1992 during Clinton’s race for the Whitehouse,
The New York Times published an article about a Clinton land investment deal that was in financial ruin. Governor Bill Clinton and his wife had partnered up with Attorney Susan McDougal and her ex-husband Jim to invest money. Jim McDougal was older, wealthier and had financial clout in the business world that at 32 years old, Bill Clinton did not have. (Ultimately Susan McDougal served two years in a Federal penitentiary, while her husband was found guilty as well in a separate trial.)
4. The suicide of Hillary’s “best friend” Vince Foster: The Whitewater Scandal stirred up a hornet’s nest, but perhaps one of the biggest skeletons in the Clinton’s closet is Hillary’s friendship with lawyer Vince Foster.
In 1974 Vince Foster was overseeing legal aid at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas and became friendly with Hillary Clinton, who was working as a legal aid clinic worker. Their friendship grew and he initiated Rose Law Firm partners to hire her.
After Bill Clinton became President in 1992, Vince Foster was immediately chosen to be on staff as White House Council. He worked for the President although his closest confidant was the First Lady, Hillary.
Tall and handsome, Vince Foster was one of Hillary’s closest colleagues and best friends.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, they were partners in a law firm while Bill Clinton was governor of the state. And, naturally, when the Clintons moved to the White House, Vince Foster came, too.
It was unusual for Hillary to have such a close friendship with a man. Since her school days, she had operated most easily among women; and when it came to appointing her own staff at the White House, she chose 29 women and one man.
Her subordinates – who called her ‘The Big Girl’ or later ‘Big Mama’ and wore badges saying ‘Hillaryland’ – had a starry-eyed devotion that was almost cult-like.
One of Hillary’s friends said: ‘They were all afraid to say no to her.’
She was a hard taskmaster and would call her staff at home after hours to make trifling requests.
The Daily Mail reported that the reason Hillary surrounded herself with women was because she found men “too complicated”. Indeed, she once told former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who owed her appointment to Hillary’s support: “We both know what a**holes men can be.”
From Daily Mail:
One of [Foster’s] first jobs in the White House was to try to make sense of the Clintons’ false tax returns concerning the Whitewater land investment. A note in his hand-writing, found much later, warned that Whitewater was “a can of worms you shouldn’t open.”
Another “can of worms” that landed on his desk concerned the collapse of a bank called Madison Guaranty. To his consternation, allegations were being made that funds from the bank had been illegally diverted to Bill Clinton’s campaign for governor in the mid-Eighties – and that Bill and Hillary had intervened with state regulators to help keep the bank solvent.
Foster was also fretting over the “excessive” sums Hillary was lavishing on redecoration of the White House.
In the end, though, it was the firing of seven staff – following pressure from the imperious First Lady – that “drove Vince batty,” according to White House counsel Bernie Nussbaum.
Hillary had become convinced that the staff in the travel office that served the White House press corps were guilty of “financial mismanagement and waste.” Foster was asked to help get rid of them.
Once the employees had been fired and public outcry ensued, Hillary backtracked (similar to her Benghazi days), insisting she didn’t know the “origin of the decision” to remove the employees, and that she “did not direct that any action be taken.”
Ultimately, Vince Foster could not handle the political stress of the Beltway and committed suicide on July 20, 1993.
There are many more skeletons of course, including all of the “strange” deaths that have occurred around the Clintons. So with all of the scandal and controversy surrounding Hilary Clinton, it would be prudent for her to listen to her friends concerning a run for the White House in 2016. And it makes me wonder if Vince Foster were still around, would he even vote for her?
My feeling is that Bill Clinton probably already has his bags packed, little black book and all. If they do end up, once again, in the White House, perhaps it would be wise to nail down the furniture this time…