I knew Hillary Rodham Clinton pretty well, before I read Kathleen Willey’s new book, “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
Yet, I emerge from this experience with far more dread of a second Clinton administration than I thought was possible for me.
Like Willey, I have the bruises to show for the experience of eight years dealing with these dangerous demagogues, these Svengalis of American politics, this corrupt-to-the-core scam couple.
What I expected from “Target” was an expanded articulation of the sexual assault the former White House staffer suffered at the hands of the philanderer-in-chief. I certainly got that. But I got much more than I expected.
Willey’s book is perhaps the best expose of the personal, moral bankruptcy of both Clintons – one of whom, you may have noticed, is a leading candidate for the presidency in 2008.
What Clinton did to Willey in the Oval Office is shocking. It showed he is a serial sexual predator. It showed he sees women as mere sexual objects. It showed he is some kind of psychotic narcissist. It showed he is immoral. It showed he has no self-control. It showed he has no respect for other human beings nor the office of the presidency. And it showed he is, as Willey put it, capable of just about anything – including rape.
But that is only a tiny part of the story, told in graphic detail though it is.
The bigger part of the expose is what both Bill and Hillary Clinton did to cover his tracks.
It is a story of absolute abuse of power, thuggery unimaginable to most Americans, terror no citizen should ever have to endure from “public servants.”
Kathleen Willey makes a point most media people have never understood and most Americans could never understand. Many of us who crossed the Clintons – whether it was because of what we wrote or whether it was because we didn’t yield to unwanted sexual attacks – feared for our lives as a result of winding up on their “enemies list.”
And there were real-world consequences to being on the Clintons’ enemies list. It could mean losing jobs. It could mean threats and harassment. It could mean invasion of privacy. It could mean break-ins and dead pets and flat tires. It could mean audits from the Internal Revenue Service. And I am convinced, as is Willey, it could mean untimely death.
Willey exposes it all – just in time to alert Americans to what they don’t know about Bill and Hillary Clinton.
These are not just harmless, politically misguided hayseeds. This is a pair of ruthless, arrogant, power-mad politicians who would use any means necessary to return to the White House and stay there for as long as possible.
That most Americans still don’t understand the kind of criminal syndicate they ran out of the White House is the most alarming part of all. After Monica and Paula and Dolly and Gennifer and Juanita and Elizabeth and Sally and Kathleen and many more, why is it that this serial abuse and harassment is still perceived as a matter of the Clintons’ personal lives?
Could any other couple, in or out of politics, get away with sexual attacks, followed by mob-style intimidation and threats of violence?
I hope not. I don’t know of any other – not even the Sopranos. And I’m from New Jersey.
The stakes are high, given Hillary’s poll numbers, given her position as the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, given the way so many of my colleagues in the press turn a blind eye to her devilish ambition and cunning criminality.
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