Many of us seek to extend ourselves into the future through our
children. We hope that the essence of what we are lives through them,
long after we have changed vital venues. It is a form of egotism.
Some politicians are like that. Clinton is like that; he worries
about his legacy. After he has shuffled off his political coil, he hopes
to live through his political progeny: the Democrat Party in general,
and Hillary Rodham and Vice President Algore in particular. He
understands that if the Democrats regain control of the Congress, and if
Hillary and Algore are elected to high office, this would constitute an
affirmation, that is to say, a validation, of himself.
But Democrats are beginning, in wholesale numbers, to regret their
empowerment of the Clintons. Evidence that many of them are seeking
redemption is revealed by the weakness of Hillary against a Mussolini
mimic who made the subways in New York City run on time, and the
weakness of Vice President Algore against a sleepwalking former
These are positive signs, but they do not go far enough. If, for
example, Bradley defeats Algore for the nomination, it would not hurt
enough to be redemptive. Just shifting from one Democrat to another
doesn’t get it done. True repentance requires more pain than that. And
if Mayor Giuliani defeats Hillary, liberals may view this as simply
exchanging a Democrat liberal for a Republican liberal — which would
hurt somewhat but not enough to be redemptive.
We must, of course, be prepared to forgive; but first, those who
petition for forgiveness must show evidence of their remorse by fully
participating in a humiliating defeat of Hillary and Algore and a
thorough ballot-box thrashing of the entire Democrat Party.
That might sound unduly stern, but it is not. It is deserved.
Throughout the Clinton years, the Democrats have stood by their man,
unified in their resolve, no matter what the cost, to put the interests
of the Democrat Party above the interests of the nation. They stood as
one to defend illegality, perversion and perjury. They are accountable.
There is no way to separate the Democrat Party from the corruption of
Some elections don’t mean much, but the next major election in
America means a great deal. It is not an exaggeration to say we will be
voting on our own character. While the result is not preordained, one
senses a pressing need by a large majority of us to make a loud and
convincing statement that our selection of the Clintons was an
aberration, not truly reflective of what we are as a people or of what
we aspire to become. We may have stepped in it, but we do not intend to
track it into the future.
The case of Co-President Hillary Rodham is special, and how the
public deals with her is of extraordinary importance. In addition to a
long record of talking about public problems in education, health care
and child care, but doing nothing of substance to solve them, Hillary
“It takes a government” Clinton has a history of conning the American
It was shameless charlatanry, a flagrant con, when she allowed
herself to be transformed from what she is, an angry and arrogant,
hard-core, left-wing warrior-woman, with a face of chiseled grit and a
burning passion to become the Great Emasculator, into what she is not, a
soft and frilly Mother Hubbard parody, a frumpy housewife with a cookie
cutter, gazing up at her husband with a look of dopey adoration.
And when Hillary Rodham put on the Yankee cap and proclaimed herself
a lifelong fan, it was a con. It was not important per se, but it was
deeply important as evidence that she believes the people of New York
State are too dumb and gullible to know she is taking them for fools.
Those who admire and idolize Hillary Rodham, particularly the
feminists, have unveiled their hypocrisy. Hillary is the opposite of
what an emotionally and mentally healthy woman aspires to be. She is the
classic, self-absorbed female martyr who has organized her life around
her husband’s affliction, and basks in the adulation of those who admire
her ability to absorb humiliation without flinching.
A strong woman would not put up with an adulterous, philandering
husband. An honest woman would not pretend she didn’t know anything
about his abuse and misuse of other women. And an independent woman
would not shamelessly ride her husband’s coattails.
The Clintons have brought us face to face with the worst that is
within us, exposing the deep flaws we all have and with which we
struggle. The question remains what it has always been: Will we rebuke
our demons, or embrace them?