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Jewish World Review /Feb. 25, 1999 /8 Adar, 5759

Don Feder

Don Feder Slick Hillie for Senate
would be fun

(JWR) --- (http://www.jewishworldreview.com) TIME AND NEWSWEEK BOTH HAVE FAWNING COVER STORIES speculating on Hillary Clinton's potential run for the Senate from New York.

So, this is to be her payoff for facilitating the president's assault on the Constitution? For a woman who's always sought power through her surrogate, it's a bold move.

Almost from day one of their marriage, Hillary and Bill have used each other. He provided the power, she the cover.

Their union seemed the perfect marriage of convenience. He had the smarmy charm to woo the electorate. She had the drive and the nanny state vision of what to do in office. She lusted for power; he merely lusted.

In 1992, she touted the coming "co-presidency" with the promise, "If you vote for him, you get me."

When it became apparent that this wasn't a turn-on for voters, Hillary adopted the loyal-and-adoring-wife pose. But, in office, it was clear there was a power-sharing arrangement.

She chaired the health-care task force that proposed to federalize an $800-billion industry. Cabinet appointments -- attorney general, secretary of state, secretary of health and human services --- seemed more Hillary than Bill.

The first lady paid her dues for a seat at the table. Early in his career, Bill decided that, given his uninhibited nature, it would be convenient to have a wife who would vouch for his virtue and attack his accusers when sexual scandals erupted.

Mrs. Clinton did just that. Beginning in 1992 with Gennifer Flowers' allegations of a 12-year extra-marital affair, proceeding through the Paula Jones sexual-harassment lawsuit and the Monica Lewinsky disgrace, the first lady was a trooper.

When reports initially surfaced of Oval Office romps with a 21-year-old intern, Newsweek described Hillary as "chief engineer of her husband's damage control efforts."

It was all the product of a vast right-wing conspiracy, the first lady fumed. The American people are too "smart and savvy" to fall for such tabloid trash.

Hillary has yet to comment on Juanita Broaddrick's charge that the president raped her in 1978. More conservative conspiracies or sexual McCarthyism? Or, to paraphrase James Carville, if you drag a $100 bill through a Chamber of Commerce meeting, there's no telling what you'll come up with.

If anyone is responsible for the survival of the predator in the White House, it's his ambitious/amoral wife. That she did it over the prostrate bodies of so many female victims gives her feminism an ironic twist. If Hillary does run, her Republican opponent must not neglect to call voters' attention to Ms. Rodham's own indiscretions.

Financial advisors still marvel at her ability to turn a $100,000 profit on short-term commodities trading -- a deal that has the pungent aroma of a Tysons Food bribe to the first family of Arkansas.

Hillary is up to her steely eyeballs in Whitewater, the scandal that first sent special prosecutor Kenneth Starr on the president's trail. Not surprisingly, both "newsmagazines" barely mention the scam in their Hillary puffery.

As Ann Coulter explains in her book, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," it was lawyer Hillary who drafted the fraudulent Castle Grande option agreement, which led federal regulators to believe that Madison Guarantee Savings and Loan (owned by Clinton pal James McDougal) was solvent, when it was actually transferring money from one pocket to the other.

Paying off Madison's federally insured depositors ultimately cost taxpayers $47 million.

Hillary twice denied, under oath, that she did the sham options contract. (To investigators in 1995: "I do not believe I knew anything about any of those real estate parcels and projects.")

In point of fact, she was the Rose law firm's main billing partner for Castle Grande, as those vanishing billing records showed when they finally surfaced in the White House two years after Hillary swore they didn't exist.

A Senate committee ultimately turned the matter over to Starr, with a recommendation that Slick Hillie be indicted for obstruction of justice.

Like the prevaricator in chief, when cornered, Hillary's first instinct is to lie. Thus she told the General Accounting Office that she had nothing to do with the ouster of career civil servants in the White House travel office to make room for cronies.

Her credibility was further eroded when a 1993 memo came to light, written by then-White House director of administration David Watkins, stating that the beheadings were performed at the first lady's behest.

It would be a pity if Whitewater and the rest was so soon forgotten. Therefore, let me add my voice to the lap-dog media. Run, Hillary, run.


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