Say all you want about The National Enquirer, but Democrats of all people should know the scandal rag is one of the few places that does any honest investigative journalism anymore — or even can afford to. Don’t believe me? How do you spell John Edwards? The folks at The New York Times are still trying to get that one right.
Now the Enquirer has another hot story: “Bill Clinton Underage Sex Lawsuit Shocker!” It begins in the mag’s inimitable prose:
Bill Clinton has been identified in a sex lawsuit involving underage girls – and the sleazy scandal threatens to blow up his wife Hillary’s bid to be president!
In a bombshell exclusive, The ENQUIRER has obtained shocking court documents that reveal details of Bill’s close relationship with billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex creep.
According to the legal papers, Clinton traveled on Epstein’s private jet numerous times and partied on a Caribbean island owned by Epstein, who served 13 months for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
“While it’s been reported that the two men were friends, Bill’s name is all over the legal papers, which are chock-full of sordid claims about Epstein,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
“This could end up being the final nail in the coffin of Hillary’s bid to be president!”
The documents filed in Florida’s Palm Beach Circuit Court, are part of a legal dispute between Epstein and lawyers Scott Rothstein and Bradley Edwards.
Okay, is this real or is it Memorex? Beats me, but I wouldn’t bet against it, if past performance (excuse the double entendre) is any indication. Bill was said to have been photographed as recently as February at a LA fundraiser next to a couple of prostitutes from one of the Nevada ranches. If it can be shown he was hanging around one of Epstein’s orgies or even near them — Epstein’s being sued on sexual slavery charges — it’s certainly bad news and most likely curtains for Hillary...
But is all this hanky-panky fair game? Shouldn’t private lives be separated from politics in the French manner (okay, the French aren’t really separating it anymore either)?
The answer is ludicrously obvious, especially in this case — of course they’re fair game! The Democrats have opened the door wide by trumpeting one of the most ludicrous lies of the 21st Century, accusing Republicans of a so-called on “War on Women” and piggybacking on reactionary academic jargon about “patriarchal rape cultures,” etc. Doesn’t that seem absurd in the face of the behavior of the 42nd president — whether in this particular instance he is to blame? At the very best, he has execrable taste in guy buddies. But it looks a whole lot worse than that.
I say I'm not optimistic about these sordid accusations derailing Hillary's campaign because of B.J. Clinton's horrific track record of unwanted advances, sexual abuse, and even accusations of rape.
What's one more scandal -- adding to the list of Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Dolly Kyle Browning, and Monica Lewinsky -- for the Clinton family?
This series of "bimbo eruptions" -- including a single scandal that saw Clinton shell out $850,000 to squelch a sexual harassment lawsuit -- would have smashed the reputation of any politician in America. Except B.J.
That's why I'm not optimistic, no matter what Clinton did and who he did it with.
Update: The inimitable @JoanOfArgghh reminds us that we first discussed this story in March of 2014. But I'm not bitter.
Hat tip: Ed Driscoll.