Election 2016

The Clintons Are Immune to Scandal

Through Whitewater, Travelgate, Fostergate, Monica Lewinsky, Benghazi and more, Bill and Hillary have been Teflon.

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"This vast right-wing conspiracy," Hillary Clinton said, "has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced." That was the "feminist" first lady's response when her husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old. 

Bill was more lawyerly. He said things like, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is." 

The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel suggests that the Clintons must have a Scandal Manual: "The standard operating procedure never changes." 

Forty years ago, Hillary would have us believe that she wasn't just the wife of a man running for Arkansas governor—she was a lucky or brilliant investor who in less than three weeks doubled her money. No, tripled! No, wait—quadrupled… no, actually, much more!

"Clinton made almost $100,000 in the cattle futures market," reported Tom Brokaw, and "many wondered whether that was a sweetheart deal arranged for the governor's wife." 

Of course it was.

In less than three weeks, Hillary turned $1,000 into $16,427. "I don't understand how that could have possibly occurred," she said. "My husband and I missed the fact that we had actually made some money."

A hundred thousand dollars—twice what her husband made as governor. Who remembers trivia like that?

That was around the time of the Whitewater scandal, in which friends of the Clintons got sweetheart land deals. Seven people went to jail, but not the Clintons. Their records disappeared. 

Hillary came on "20/20." Barbara Walters asked her, "How did you get into this mess where your whole credibility is being questioned?"

Hillary answered sweetly, "I ask myself that every day, Barbara, because it's very surprising and confusing to me." 

It is confusing to me, too.

Travelgate and Fostergate were also confusing, as is the Democrats' sudden indifference to a president getting oral sex from an intern, deaths in Benghazi and, most recently, violation of State Department email rules.

"It would've been better for me to use two separate phones and two email accounts," Hillary testified. "I thought using one device would be simpler." 

Except it turned out she did use two devices: "iPhone, OK, in full disclosure, and a Blackberry."

She also said, "I took the unprecedented step of asking that the State Department make all my work-related emails public." 

Except that wasn't true either. She turned over only emails she claimed were relevant. The rest were wiped clean from her home server—a private server government officials aren't supposed to use. Then she refused to give that server to a third party for an independent review.

Consequences? Punishment? No.

New revelations in the book Clinton Cash about the Clinton Foundation accepting billions from foreign governments and people doing business with our government brought out the same "Aw, shucks" replies from the Scandal Manual.

Bill told a reporter, "I asked Hillary about this, and she said, 'No one's ever tried to influence me.'"

Anyway, the Foundation money went to charity. Hillary said, "I am very proud of the work the Foundation does." 

But what "work"? In 2013, a measly 9 percent of the money went to charity! Charity Navigator, the biggest charity rating service, won't even list the Clinton Foundation in its rankings. This is repulsive. If a Republican candidate ran a charity that did that, it would be a scandal. But the Clintons must be immune.

Brian Williams "misremembers" his helicopter coming under hostile fire and loses his job. But Hillary says, "I remember landing under sniper fire … we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles." That was total fabrication, but when Hillary was caught, she just told reporters it was a "minor blip." 

"I say a lot of things—millions of words a day—so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement." 

Misstatement? I call it a self-promoting lie. But the Clintons are Teflon. In the presidential race, Betfair lists Hillary as the overwhelming favorite.

"Political language," George Orwell wrote, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." 

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81 responses to “The Clintons Are Immune to Scandal

  1. “I say a lot of things?millions of words a day,”

    And at least half of those are half-hearted, if not insanely blatant, lies.

    1. There are 86,400 seconds in a day. To say a million words a day you would have to talk at 11.57 words a second, all day and night. Fran Capo the female record holder for fast talking managed 11.13 words a second for a bit over 10 minutes. So actually half of those words (at least) would be nonexistant rather than lies.

  2. At this stage we can’t blame the Clintons any more than the frog can blame the scorpion for stinging him. They’re obvious crooks, and will lie and steal and cheat every chance they get–they can’t even take a break from it just long enough to keep free of recent scandals to get Hillary through the campaign. It’s just what they do.

    The blame lies with the American people for excusing this time and again, under the theory that “it’s a private scandal that doesn’t affect me” or “at least they’re stopping the right wingers” or whatever other rationalization the voters come up with. Despite this history of corruption and incompetence, Hillary is the favorite for 2016 and that is a depressing thought.

    1. Bravo, Brando.

    2. Bravo Brando indeed.

  3. “Despite this history of corruption and incompetence, Hillary is the favorite for 2016 and that is a depressing thought.”

    Exactly.

    “But if only we had the right people in there would this change”……”Maybe this time they’ll get it right.”…..”if we only gave up more of our rights”……….

    Along with all the other sorry excuses for the existence of the violent state. Voting just allows folks to enslave others.

    The only vote an individual should have is to exercise their choices and voices in a free market.

    1. “Despite this history of corruption and incompetence, Hillary is the favorite for 2016 and that is a depressing thought.” what America deserves.

      FTFY

      Hillary 2016: She’ll rub your nose in it!

      1. Hillary 2016: She’ll rub your nose in it!

        “It” being her vagina.

        Elect me because I have it…

        Republicans hate me because of it…

        The press is only looking a this scandal because their preoccupied with it…

        Bill won’t touch it…

        1. Actually I was going with the various and sundry Clinton scandals but based on last weekends “Vagina Voters” thread that works equally as well!

    2. Voting just allows folks to enslave others.

      Representation, as in voting, is the god from which our rulers divine the will of the people.

      1. Lefties everywhere would nod amiably and fail to recognize the manifestly creepy nature of that statement.

    3. Government is how people do horrible things to others, that if done individually would get them ostracized or killed. But if they outsource them to “the collective”, suddenly it’s ok to lock someone in a cage for the rest of their life, or murder them, or take their children away, or whatever.

      Voting and government allow people to shirk the responsibility to treat everyone else on an individual level. And unfortunately, most people like that.

      1. Social justice.

      2. Yes, there’s something truly bizarre about the idea that we can delegate to government powers that we as individuals do not have — coercion, theft, war, enslavement.

        1. Powers are not delegated to government! Government is omnipotent and omniscient! It delegates enumerated rights to the people! Like a god!

    4. They are utterly shameless liars.

      I love the tactic of concealing their earlier crimes with the smoke of their latest crime. There are so many scandals and blatant crimes that the press never has time to actually focus on one of them.

      It’s as if Nixon covered up Watergate by taking Chinese campaign donations, then covered that up by selling judgeships, etc… Just keep the scandal parade going until everyone gives up.

      1. I sometimes think they get away with it because of Bill’s bumptious redneck air, where we would expect better from stuffy elites. Never mind that Hillary wasn’t from Arkansas or that they’ve been members of the eastern elite since 1992.

      2. “…scandals and blatant crimes that the press never has time the inclination to actually focus on one of them.”

        1. It is more than that. The pattern was set back in ’91 with the Clinton draft ‘scandal’. Every week they would tell us a version of what didn’t happen. Every week Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings et. al. would tell us “Clinton never got a draft notice. This has all been discussed before. ” Then one week later when it came out that he did in fact get a draft notice, the exact same anchorman would tell us “We have always known that he got the draft notice. This is old news. But he got a deferment. This has all been vetted long ago.”

          Every week, story after story came out. And ever single time we were told that we had always been at war with Eurasia.

          I have always waffled on conspiracy/incompetence on the national media. But that era was pretty clear. There is absolutely no way to reconcile the same anchor reading completely incompatible stories to me week after week, never once acknowledging that there was a contradiction. These guys may not be rocket scientists, but they are sharp enough to remember what the told us 7 days earlier.

          1. Brian Williams before Brian Williams…

  4. every time i hear, see, or read about the Clintons and their slimy, underhanded, sketchy dealings i just get sick to my stomach

  5. In the past they were immune. The moment Carville and Podesta labeled the WaPo and NYT as members of the right wing anti-Hillary conspiracy, their media protection of the Clinton’s evaporated. The sheer stupidity of the statement was bad enough, but then when Howard Dean trotted out to defend her by trashing Schwietzer and Mike Brzezinski railed on him, it was obvious the love affair is over. Now Bill makes perhaps the DUMBEST statement of all with his defense of his dramatic increase in speaking fees as “I have to pay the bills”.

    1. If you were Bill, would you want to be under the microscope again? He’s got a bazillion dollars, friends who shuttle him to Concubine Island, etc. Is it out of the realm of possibility that he would subtly sabotage Hillary’s campaign?

      1. Is it out of the realm of possibility that he would subtly sabotage Hillary’s campaign?

        All part of the her strategy to get out the disgruntled female vote.

      2. It’s entirely possible. A mega-rich ex-President has pretty much all the benefits of being a First Husband in the White House, without a lot of the downsides.

  6. Hah! Great Alt Text!

    1. Hmm. It *was* on her server.

  7. I’m not sure I’d want to be the “favorite” this early in the cycle. With the exception of sitting Pres and VPs, how often has the favorite 18 months out won the election?

    1. He wasn’t the favorite this far out. Hillary was the favorite at this point in 2007.

      1. I think he meant “except in the case when you have a sitting president or VP”. As in Reagan II, Bush Sr. , Clinton II, etc.

  8. Bill has Teflon. Hillary has benefited from Bill’s Teflon when she was just his accessory.

    On her own? No Teflon, other than that provided by the DemOp media to just about any Dem.

    Prediction: her polling will be flat to down for the rest of this race. She’s too well known. And flat to down from where she is now won’t get her in the White House.

    With the usual caveat, of course, that the Repubs are easily stupid enough to throw any election.

    1. When it comes to the practice of politics does Hillary strike you as the wife of a guy who’s really good at golf…..he’ll try and teach her….and she wants to learn….she likes the perky golf attire and the socializing after a round but even with this she’ll never be anything other than embarrassing on the course.

      1. An excellent analogy, fish. However, the media will act as a caddy who will employ the old “foot mashie” when nobody is looking to improve her lie.

        1. It’s “Mulligans” all the way down…….

    2. Hillary is the one candidate whose poll numbers right now are meaningful. She has been one of the most recognizable political figures in this country for the last 23 years. She is nothing if not a known commodity. If her negatives are bad now, she is unlikely to ever fix them.

      She still might win the Dem nomination simply because she has so much money and the alternatives are so bad. I think she has at best a one in four shot of winning the general election, however. The only way she wins is if the Republicans run someone like Jeb or if the media manages to get someone to run as a third party to take the votes of stupid Republicans. That is it.

      1. The only way she wins is if the Republicans run someone like Jeb or if the media manages to get someone to run as a third party to take the votes of stupid Republicans.

        Between Hill and Jeb I vote for menopausal candidate.

        Wait that doesn’t clear anything up……

        1. There is something oddly feminine about Jeb. Maybe he should run as the first Hispanic transsexual candidate. That would trump Hillary’s vote for a woman appeal.

          1. He’d be the wrong sort Hispanic transsexual, like Jindal is the wrong sort of Indian. Lefties talk up their race game but affiliation trumps identity, always.

  9. She also said, “I took the unprecedented step of asking that the State Department make all my work-related emails public.”

    That picture of Hillary wearing sunglasses and working her Blackberry? That was taken while Benghazi was happening (or within a day or two).

    She produced zero emails from when that picture was taken. And we’re supposed to believe she was working her Blackberry, in the middle of a huge crisis, but sent absolutely no official emails.

    http://www.politifact.com/pund…..emails-we/

    1. When you consider that her intended audience for that claim is people like Shreek and Tony, yes we are supposed to believe that.

  10. If the Clintons truly have armor, the media must be considered their squires, bolting on new pieces all the time.

    1. Start calling the media Jarvis.

    2. So Hillary is Brienne of Tarth, and the media is Podrick Payne? I can see that.

      1. The resemblance is striking.

      2. Brienne actually fought her own battles, and loved a man for himself, not for the political power he could give her.

  11. I realize that Shrillary is still leading in the polls, but I have to think that the more she gets called out on her complete and total disregard of the working class that eventually the armor will fail.

    I thought she was done when she did the whole “we were practically broke” shtick a couple years ago. The more people push her on this I think eventually she is just gonna crack. Even the most ill-informed voter realizes that if you were the presidents wife for eight years, a senator and then Sec State you were NEVER EVEN CLOSE to broke.

  12. I realize that Shrillary is still leading in the polls, but I have to think that the more she gets called out on her complete and total disregard of the working class that eventually the armor will fail.

    I thought she was done when she did the whole “we were practically broke” shtick a couple years ago. The more people push her on this I think eventually she is just gonna crack. Even the most ill-informed voter realizes that if you were the presidents wife for eight years, a senator and then Sec State you were NEVER EVEN CLOSE to broke.

    1. Even the most ill-informed voter realizes that if you were the presidents wife for eight years, a senator and then Sec State you were NEVER EVEN CLOSE to broke.

      But they had all those legal bills, in addition to putting Chelsea through college!

      /ill-informed voter

      1. I don’t think that the average voter will care about her comments from a few months ago or their legal debts.

        I think what will cost her the election is that she’s a miserable, unlikable shrew with no ideology that she can coherently state. They won’t vote for her because they’ll hate her because she has a toxic personality. The only reason she and her husband were bulletproof before was because she was never the one in the spotlight and people liked her husband. Now she’ll have to answer questions and handle problems and she’ll fall to pieces because that’s what the job she’s interviewing for requires and she sucks at those things.

    2. ” total disregard of the working class that eventually the armor will fail.”

      No, the left will give a hat tip to Warren as the correct populist candidate, but like Howard Dean, her campaign is alas unwinnable, so they’ll throw their support behind Hillary to avoid another Ralph Nader spoiler situation.

    3. Actually during the tme she was trading cattle futures ”
      “. Although Hillary Rodham Clinton’s account was under-margined for nearly all of July 1979, no margin calls were made, no additional cash was put up, and she eventually reaped a $60,000 profit.

      June 29 ……… $56,466 (Margin: Value account should have had to continue trading.)

      July 12 …….. -$24,243

      July 17 ……… $22,537 (Account value: Total cash on hand plus (or minus) paper value of contracts.)

      July 20 ……… $61,537

      July 23, 1979: She withdrew $60,000 and never traded again, closing the account in October.”
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..940527.htm

  13. President Washington said I cannot tell a lie.
    President Nixon said I cannot tell the truth.
    President Clinton said I cannot tell the difference.

    Read Harry Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit” for more.

    1. Read Harry Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit” for more.

      Add an -er onto his last name and that’s a disturbing pr0n name…

  14. I love the battle of the conspiracies. When the left says something is a conspiracy then it must be true.

    Never mind that when Glen Beck was ranting on about vast left wing conspiracies, everyone with a brain just said, “Poor Glen Beck, he’s crazy as fuck.”

    But now we have, “The Koch brothers are ruling the world, aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

    It would be sad if it wasn’t so damn funny.

    1. Then why are you defending them? You are obviously in the pay of Big Koch! 🙂

  15. OT: Bernie Sanders is apparently extremely pro-gun rights, likely having to do with Vermont’s extremely pro-gun rights culture. Despite being a hardcore leftist otherwise, he’s actually being attacked for this…completely reasonable representation of his constituents’ interests.l

    1. He didn’t get the memo apparently.

  16. My 18 months out prediction: Walker vs. Hillary in the general, Walker takes it.

    1. Ya know, I think this is as good a bet as any.

      I just don’t see any Dem taking Hillary down in the primary.

      I think Walker has the stuff to take the Repub primary.

      And I think he beats Hillary. He’s already beat the national Dem apparat once, when it was concentrated on him in Wisconsin. I think he can beat it again.

      1. I think it’s Walker in 2016 as well. I still think Hillary Clinton implodes in the primary, though. We just can’t see it happening because we don’t know who all of the challengers are yet…but the Dems always find someone out of left field, late in the game.

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    1. You know who else was named Adolph and drove a new German car?

      1. The coach of the Kentucky basketball team?

        http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7prr…../2875b.jpg

  18. I don’t think the HILLARY! is as teflon and unstoppable as is the “narrative” these days.
    She’ll probably drop out for “health” or “spend more time with my family-gaaak” when she can’t make her poll number budge.
    My greatest concern is that it will be too soon, and I won’t be able to extract the full measure of entertainment from the show.

    1. Given the number of broad-daylight felonies she and her clan have committed, she may be in it for the long haul, just to get that pardon power.

  19. Cankle armor!

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  21. Say what you will about Hillary being Teflon, she’s only Teflon because there’s a media that is largely uninterested in pursuing these issues beyond an initial, cursory report.

    You’re only as Teflon as the media allows you to be in modern politics.

  22. “Consequences? Punishment? No.”

    Consequences and punishment are for the peasants, not our rulers.

  23. This double standard is best seen as a variation of the infamous quote from William Kunstler (variously, also attributed to William Sloane Coffin, Noam Chomsky and Jane Fonda) when asked about the Khmer Rouge atrocities– “I don’t criticize socialist countries.”

    Democrats apparently believe in the inverse of Reagan’s 11th Commandment. They simply refrain from expressing it in biblical words and phrases, ’cause that would suggest that the Left is in fact a quasi-religion.

  24. there is no teflon involved, just willful blindness from the national press, the democratic electorate. The Democrats have never policed their own – when was the last time you heard of a democrat getting investigated much less indicted for anything. Say what you want about the republicans and conservatives, but at least they will police their own ranks and dispose of the trash in their own party.

  25. Bill has teflon. Hillary doesn’t. And, there is a big, big difference between a sexy hound-dog, whom most women would do in a heartbeat, getting a blow job from a chubby intern, and someone selling favours to foreign countries. I don’t even think Bill could slide away from that one.

    The press will cover for her, but once her poll numbers make her look like a loser, which they will eventually. They will go after her.

  26. Millions of words a day. Let’s go with simply two million, although millions could be 3, 5, or more. Let’s say you’re up and talking for 16 hours a day. Non-stop. So, she claims she is talking 2,000 words a minute. Thirty words a second.

    She has 30,000 personal emails from her time as S of S, a period of two years. She’s writing over 40 personal emails a day. Personal emails.

    She is innumerate. As well as being a liar.

    People who are innumerate don’t make good decisions. That is my experience.

  27. I used to really respect John Stossel as a reporter. This is just disappointing.

  28. In some regards, the Clintons have been like ‘Steel wool’. Teflon doesn’t do well when Steel wool is applied, it ruins the ‘non-stick’ surface. Hillary has scrubbed- steel wool applicative- her hard drives, in previous situations, like the ‘Stan Lees’ episode, she and her husband assigned the Judge that oversaw her scrub the court case,,,
    ‘Teflon’ is an appearance, steel wool is the instrument while she asked Americans to blame someone else.
    As of yet, we don’t know if people will allow the corruptions she is involved in will stick, but as running for POTUS, the question is will people simply let the wool be pulled over their eyes, yet again, or realize Hillary is a very cheap pan and Teflon is after all, a poison is if consumed.

  29. Uh, you lost me at BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m sure I thus missed something about Reptilians, the Illuminati, and/or drug deals out of Mena, Arkansas.

    The Clintons are sleazeballs as pretty much all pols of whatever stripe are. Hitllary is without question one of the most making-my-rectum-clench inducing people I have ever seen in public life. Assuming she is in fact a person and not a Reptilian.

    But these “scandals” are just much ado about nothing. Fucking Whitewater. The regular media as well as the usual right wing nutters were nattering on about this non-stop from about 1992 – 2000 and I still have no idea what the fuck that was supposed to have been about.

    Less talking about fabricated scandals and more “let Hitllary open her own mouth.” That’s how you combat her/it.

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  31. If Bill has Teflon armor maybe Hillary’s is PFOA.

  32. Finally, an article that understands. I’ve been saying all along, since the 1990s: these so-called scandals are the Clinton’s rope-a-dope game. It’s the same thing Muhammed Ali did to George Foreman. The Clintons bait and taunt their opponents with phantom scandals and the opponents wear themselves out chasing them around the ring, trying to land a punch. Then when the opponent is exhausted and his arms feel like lead and he pauses for breath, the Clintons circle in and bop him. They did this to the Republicans throughout the 1990s and to their opponents in Arkansas before that.

    All the Republicans will ever accomplish by trying to pin these scandals down will be to make themselves look petty, vindictive, trivial, and out of touch with the American people and their real problems. The more the conservatives press, the more they drive the splinter into their own foot.

    Who was the only politician who ever lost his job because of Monica Lewinsky? Newt Gingrich, that’s who.

    1. “All the Republicans will ever accomplish by trying to pin these scandals…”

      Don’t you mean Libertarians? Pretty sure this is Reason and John Stossel wrote this rambling, whiny piece of garbage.

  33. Both of these deviants belong in orange jumpsuits in Gitmo not in the White House. Why has this not happened? Simply because of corruption at the highest levels of government. A revolution is needed in this country from the right. But, it will not happen until we put country ahead of self.

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