In January, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got into a heated exchange with Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin during her testimony on Benghazi before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Johnson asked Clinton to ascertain whether the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a response to an anti-Islam YouTube video. A visibly-furious Clinton took exception to Johnson’s inquiry and shot back, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Dick Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, said Friday it was then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s response to the many attacks on her husband’s character by women that caused the split between him and the Clintons.
Speaking with host Larry King on Friday’s “Politicking,” Morris said that Hillary Clinton hired a “fleet of detectives” to dig up dirt on her husband’s accusers in order to threaten them into silence and cover up the truth — an activity for which Hillary is not exactly unknown.
Bill Clinton’s womanizing had been well-documented before this, of course. His dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the president’s impeachment by the House. Sen. Rand Paul has called the former president a sexual predator and demanded the Democrats return funds raised by him. Former Gov. Mitt Romney labelled him an embarrassment to the United States.
But to be called “Nixonian” by such a formerly close political adviser as Morris is surely not likely to do Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations any good.
“What really turned me off was what I call the secret police,” Morris told King. “When she [Hillary] hired this fleet of detectives to go around examining all of the woman who had been identified with Clinton. Not for the purpose of divorcing Clinton. Not for the purpose of getting him to stop. But for the purpose of developing blackmail material on these woman to cow them into silence. That had a Nixonian quality to it that I hold against her and I continue to.” (H/T Breitbart)
Morris’ accusation is just one more reason why Hillary Clinton isn’t fit to be the president of the United States. Particularly after President Barack Obama, Americans need a leader who will truly bring transparency and accountability to the federal government. Clinton stands for neither.
Unfortunately, similar things can be said about most career politicians on both sides of the aisle. What America needs, now more than ever, is a president who does not hail from the political class. That is not Hillary Clinton.Follow VeronicaCoffin
THR: Will she or won’t she? If anybody would know — aside from Bill — it’d be the women who make up Hillary Clinton’s California cabinet. The Clintons have spent decades cultivating Hollywood support, and along the way Hillary has chosen a small but trusted band of confidants who are fiercely loyal to her. Before they supported Barack Obama in the last two general elections (and they all did), these longtime Clintonistas first stumped hard and spent big for Hillary in the 2008 Democratic primary — traveling with her, hosting fundraisers and rallying influential, deep-pocketed supporters. And they’re poised to double those efforts if and when Clinton announces a 2016 run.
One of Clinton’s longest-running Hollywood friendships is with Designing Women creator (and one-time Arkansas resident) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason; they’ve known each other since the ’80s, when the Clintons were occupying the governor’s mansion. “I just knocked on the mansion door in 1980,” recalls Bloodworth-Thomason, 67. “She opened the door and had on jeans and a sweater and socks. She was holding Chelsea’s hand, and … I was taken with her authenticity, with the way she was very comfortable in her own skin.”
Arkansas-born Mary Steenburgen also knows Clinton from her time in the statehouse and flew around the country with her during the 2008 campaign. “When I first met her, I thought she was dazzling,” says the actress, 61. “She has a sense of humor that I just loved from the get-go.”
Cheryl Saban, 63, is the wife of top Democratic donor Haim Saban, who — like Steenburgen — has flown with Clinton, though he nearly didn’t survive the experience. As Haim later told his wife, when one of the engines conked out and the pilot announced an emergency landing, Clinton didn’t break a sweat. “She said, ‘Oh, OK,’ and went back to her book,” says Cheryl. “She has this ability to be very strong in the face of calamity.”
Laura Wasserman, 50, wife of sports mogul Casey Wasserman (whose parents also supported Bill), is moved by Clinton’s personal touch. “Every year Hillary would call Casey’s grandmother on her birthday,” says Wasserman. “She doesn’t ever forget friends.” A “powerhouse human being and a very loving person” is how Friends producer Marta Kauffman, 58, describes Clinton. And Bloodworth-Thomason notes her “unrelenting ability to endure” — then jokes about the wait she and her compadres have endured as their political hero deliberates: “Yes, she’s [running]. She’s asked us to announce it here at the Mondrian Hotel.” Adds Saban, “If we have anything to do with it, yes.”
Gee, I wonder if the families of Stevens, Doherty, Smith and Woods find Hillary “dazzling” and a “a very loving person”?