Al Gore was confronted with the reality of his association with and
unequivocal support of true evil this week.
It wasn’t the press that brought him face-to-face with the truth
about Bill Clinton. Rather it was a New Hampshire voter who attended a
televised town-hall meeting.
“After seeing scandals in Washington, my question to you is not a
question about the man, or the presidential candidate, but a question to
you as a husband, as a father and as a student of Christianity,” she
said. “When Juanita Broaddrick made the claim, that I felt credible,
that she was raped by Bill Clinton, did that change your opinion about
him being one of the best presidents in history? And do you believe
Juanita Broaddrick’s claim? And what did you tell your son about this?”
The confrontation was not a pretty sight. Gore was visibly
uncomfortable. He hemmed, he hawed. He sputtered. He stammered. He even
laughed, at times, in a very inappropriate way. He was not prepared for
this one. No member of the press had ever dared to ask this most obvious
“Well,” he said, “I don’t know what to make of her claim, because I
don’t know how to evaluate that story. I really don’t.”
“Did you watch it?” she pressed.
“No, I didn’t see the interview,” he responded. “No. Uh-uh.”
“I’m surprised that you didn’t watch it,” she continued.
“Well, uh, which, what show was it on? … I didn’t see it. There
have been so many personal allegations and such a non-stop series of
attacks, I guess I’m like a lot of people, uh, in that, uh, I think
that, uh, enough is enough. I do not know how to evaluate each one of
these individual stories. I just don’t know, uh, I would never violate
the privacy of my communications with, uh, uh, one of my, my children, a
member of my family, as for that part of your question. But, uh. …”
“So, you don’t believe Juanita Broaddrick?” she asked.
“No, I didn’t say that,” Gore continued. “I think I said I don’t know
how to evaluate that, and I didn’t see, uh, the interview. Uh, but I
must say something else to you about this. Why don’t you just stand back
up and I’d like to look you in the eye?” he said, buying time to collect
himself. “Uh, I think that, uh, I think that whatever mistakes he made
in his personal life are in the minds of most Americans balanced against
what he has done in his public life as president. Uh, my philosophy,
since you asked about my religious faith, I’m taught in my religious
tradition to hate the sin but love the sinner. I’m taught that, um, all
of us are heirs to the, uh, mistakes that, uh, are prone to the mistakes
that flesh is heir to. And I think that, uh, in judging his performance
as president, I think that most people are anxious to, to stop talking
about all the personal attacks against him. They’re trying to sort out,
uh, uh, all of the allegations, and want to, instead, uh, move on, and
focus on the future.”
In other words, it’s not important whether Bill Clinton raped Juanita
Broaddrick, in Al Gore’s mind. The rape of an individual is not
significant in the big scheme of things. What’s important is Al Gore’s
“Now, I’ll say this to you, he is my friend, and that friendship, uh,
is important and if you’ve ever had a friend who made a serious mistake
and then you repaired the friendship and moved on, then you know what
that relationship has been like for me,” Gore continued.
Uh, excuse me? What was the mistake? The rape of Juanita Broaddrick?
“Secondly, I felt the same disappointment and anger at him during the
period when all this was going on that most people did,” Gore continued.
“You may have, have felt, uh, a different kind of emotion, I don’t know.
I sense that you did. I, I, I certainly felt what most Americans did.”
And what was that? Revulsion? Did you have any emotional response to
Juanita Broaddrick? Did you ever think about the need for justice — for
an investigation into this most serious and credible allegation?
“Third, I have been involved in a lot of battles where he and I have
fought together on behalf of the American people, and I think we’ve made
a good, positive difference for this country,” he added.
So, what’s a little rape between friends?
“Number four, I’m running for president on my own,” Gore said. “I
want to take my own, I want to take my own values of faith and family to
the presidency, and I want you to evaluate me on the basis of who I am
and what you believe I can do for this country as president. Thank you.”
OK, Al, let’s take you up on that. As vice president, you were
willing to tolerate working for a suspected rapist. You didn’t bother
looking into the allegations, even though your boss had already been
disgraced as an immoral cad. Those are your values. That’s who you are.
Thanks for sharing.
Let the American people make their decision.