Clicking on banner ads enables JWR to constantly improve
Jewish World Review August 4, 2000 / 2 Menachem-Av, 5760

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter
JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Michael Barone
Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
James Glassman
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
David Limbaugh
Michelle Malkin
Jackie Mason
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Debbie Schlussel
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Roger Simon
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

Hillary's potty mouth -- AT LEAST you could print what John Rocker said.

The latest in a long list of "false" (subject to later revision) stories circulated about the Clintons comes from Jerry Oppenheimer's excellent little page-turner, "State of a Union," in which he reports that Hillary called one of the people working for Bill Clinton a "f-ing Jew bastard."

(That much has been said and shown on prime-time TV. The Clinton era has led to new self-censorship standards in a lot of areas.)

The World's Smartest Woman did NOT respond to the charges by saying: "I might well have said that, but those obviously aren't my feelings. People sometimes use ugly, vicious curses when they're angry. I'm sorry if I used those, but please judge me by my record and not some childish tantrum I threw 26 years ago."

No, what Hillary said was that it was a lie put out by her political opponents -- presumably the dastardly "vast right-wing conspiracy" at work again. I quote:

"You know, there's a history of these kinds of charges coming from the people in question (author's note: all eventually proved true, even if it took a full federal investigation), and they've been false in the past." (Author's note: Only the denials, the excuses and the defamatory charges against the Clintons' accusers have turned out to be "false.") "They're false now." (Author's note: That's what she said the last time.) "And I don't know what the reason behind it is, but it didn't happen."

For the record, I did not go ballistic over some dumb baseball player's printable remarks to Sports Illustrated. I thought that O.J. cutting off Nicole Brown Simpson's head was somewhat more egregious than Mark Fuhrman using the N-word. But even stipulating that the charges aren't that terrible -- Hillary has a potty mouth -- she's the one who has now put the veracity of the charge at issue. Did she or didn't she say it?

Purchasing this book
-- linked in 2nd paragraph --
helps fund JWR

The most persuasive evidence that Hillary said it, of course, is that she denies having said it. And if that's not enough for you, America's most famous perjurer, President William Jefferson Clinton, backs her up.

The New York Times ran its lead editorial on Hillary's "current complication" -- as the paper called her anti-Semitic slur -- and titled it, "Mrs. Clinton's Credible Response." The Times cited as evidence in Hillary's favor that she opposed the Vietnam War and tried to get President Nixon impeached. (This is normal NYT logic.)

But even weirder, the editorial sportingly stressed that Ms. Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy gave "a passionate, almost teary response to the allegation of anti-Semitic language." Huh? A Clinton denial is supposed to mean something now?

When did we make this seamless transition from treating a Clinton denial -- subsequently discredited or retracted -- as just so much necessary political filler (because "anyone would have lied in those circumstances") to suddenly becoming truth, because the Clintons said it? Wouldn't anyone have lied about using the phrase "f-ing Jew bastard," too -- particularly if that anyone was running for a Senate seat from New York?

Why do we have to keep considering each successive denial by the Clintons as if the press corps, pundits and American people have a collective case of amnesia? It's like an eerie "Twilight Zone" episode in which no one can remember what happened yesterday.

Moreover, it's not as if Tipper Gore stands accused. This is Hillary. Hillary of the lamp-throwing temper and f-word profanity. (Neither Hillary nor her husband questioned that she had used the phrase "f-ing bastard," only that she would have identified the ethnicity of the f-ing bastard. Even when she's throwing lamps and cursing like a sailor, she's ethnically sensitive.)

This is Hillary, whose warm Southern charm was widely credited with costing her husband his second race for the Arkansas governorship and whose concern for the little guy resulted in the travel office bloodbath.

In addition, there are three witnesses to this particular charming utterance: Paul Fray, the campaign manager of Clinton's failed 1974 congressional bid and the target of the slur; Fray's wife, Mary Lee, who was in the room at the time; and a third campaign worker, Neil McDonald, who was standing outside the room. (Fray's wife said Hillary shouted so loudly that "it rattled the walls.")

Other witnesses, from Dick Morris to the Arkansas state troopers, corroborate similar statements from the Dragon Lady. If you can break free from the collective case of "Twilight Zone" amnesia for a moment, you will recall that the troopers have been completely vindicated on even their most bizarre charges against the Clintons. It goes without saying, their track records on truth-telling are somewhat more impressive than America's Most Famous Perjurer and his wife.

JWR contributor Ann Coulter is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. You may visit the Ann Coulter Fan Club by clicking here.


08/01/00: The hole in the story
07/28/00: Cheney's detractors can't get their story straight
07/25/00: AlGore: Elmer Blandry
07/21/00: The tyranny of non-objectivity
07/18/00: The state's religion
07/14/00: Reform it back
07/11/00: Keating for veep
07/07/00: Gore invented 'Clueless'
07/04/00: The stupidity litmus test
06/30/00: O.J. was 'proved innocent' too
06/27/00: The last guys 'proved innocent'
06/23/00: Serious Republican candidates don't get serious press
06/19/00: They weren't overzealous this time
06/16/00: Evolution of the strumpet
06/13/00: Actual journalistic malpractice
06/09/00: I did not have sexual
relations with that ... man!
06/06/00: IRS turns Bubba's screw
05/30/00: Too corrupt to be an Arkansas lawyer
05/26/00: Choose liberalism
05/24/00: Violence against coherence
05/22/00: Developmentally disabled Republicans
05/16/00: For womb the bell tolls
05/12/00: Asylum from Georgetown
05/10/00: The truth is out there, even for the clueless
05/08/00: Barbie is a liberal Democrat
05/02/00: Moving the goalpost
04/28/00: The bastardization of justice
04/25/00: How Monica Lewinsky saved the constitution
04/24/00: It's sunny today, so we need gun control
04/19/00: No shadow of a doubt -- liberal women are worthless
04/14/00: It takes a Communist dictator to raise a child
04/11/00: The verdict is in on Hillary
04/07/00: Vast Concoctions III
04/04/00: 'Horrifying' free speech in New York
03/31/00: Campaign finance reform brings out worst in senators
03/28/00: All the news that fits -- we print!
03/24/00: Net losses all around
03/20/00: To protect, serve --- and be spat on
03/16/00: Thank Heaven for the consigliere
03/13/00: Vast concoctions II
03/09/00: The bluebloods voted against you
03/07/00: The Tower of Babble
03/03/00: Vast concoction
03/02/00: Hillary's sartorial lies
02/28/00: You have to break a few eggs to make a joke
02/22/00: I've seen enough killing to support abortion
02/18/00: A liberal lynching
02/15/00: McCain and the flag
02/11/00: The Shakedown Express
02/08/00: To mock a mockingbird
02/05/00: Summing up Campaign 2000: 'Oh, puh-leeze!'
02/01/00: A Confederacy of Dunces
01/28/00: Dollar Bill's racist smear
01/24/00: How high is your freedom quotient?
01/21/00: Numismadness
01/18/00: How dare you attack my wife!
01/14/00: The Gore Buggernaut
01/10/00: The paradox of discrimination law

© 2000, UPS