If you, like me, occasionally miss the 1990s–that dismal and disfigured Decade of the Penis–then point your browser over to the website of Insight, where Wendy the Snapple Lady, Oasis, and the Clinton scandals are still topping the charts.
"Washington Watch" bravely prognosticates that "Bill Clinton will be Hillary's albatross":
As Hillary campaigns in her bid to win the Democratic nomination, she must address an obvious question: If she becomes president of the United States will she uphold the democratic voice of the people and the laws of the land? Evidently, she will argue, she will be vigilant in these matters. Yet, where does she stand on the two judgments [his impeachment and his being disbarred as a lawyer] against her husband: Does she believe they were both unjust? If so, why have there been no subsequent attempts to set the record straight and restore his reputation (as anyone who was wrongfully censured would do)? If not, then does it mean she agrees with the verdicts?…
Thus, we must ask Hillary Clinton what families all across America will have to tell their children about her husband's past behavior? The best she can do is to insist he was terribly wrong and is now reborn in some way. Yet, if that is the case, the clearest evidence of rebirth is to take responsibility for one's past and to stop perpetuating more harm. If Bill was truly repentant, he would have the good sense to know when there has been enough damage done to the nation; he and his wife would not once again run for the highest office in the land….
Read the whole thing, especially the Oscar Wilde flourish at the end, which is the op-ed equivalent of the cheap 3-D effect on the old SCTV skits about Dr. Tongue:
Essentially, Hillary's plight is now very much like that of the character Dorian Grey in Oscar Wilde's classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey. The handsome Dorian makes a pact with a stunning portrait of himself: he wants eternal youth and to lead a life of revelry; in exchange only the picture will age and bear the mark of his sins. After decades of debauchery, when gazing upon the grotesque figure in the painting, the anguished Dorian stabs the portrait with a knife-and thereby destroys the painting and kills himself. In a similar manner, Hillary is locked in a pact with Bill: she has hitched her star to his. As his reputation plummets, she needs to disentangle herself from him, to take a stab at his record and set herself free. Yet, if she does so, her own fortunes will come tumbling down. This is one man she should never have climbed into bed with in the first place.
Thus. Essentially. Indeed!