When the country elected Bill Clinton to be president in 1992, we didn’t know that we were getting a two-fer; a two-for-one co-presidency, at least that’s the way that Hillary characterizes it.
She was very active, behind the scenes, in Bill’s first term.
For example, in January 1993, she assumed authority over Bill’s Health Care Reform when he named her to head the effort – even though she had no experience in the health care industry. After a tumultuous period of secret planning and closed door meetings, a 1,342-page bill was finally produced.
The names of the participants were a closely guarded secret and ultimately that secrecy was one thing that turned the public against the plan. The White House did eventually release a list of 511 staff members of the health-care task force, but by then the damage had been done.
Hillarycare (as the plan came to be known) ultimately failed, but Hillary refused to accept any blame for its eventual demise – she blamed it on those pesky congressional Republicans. She did acknowledge that she may have erred by “trying to do too much, too fast.”
Others blamed Hillary’s brusque manner, secrecy, and threatening behavior as contributing factors in failing to get enough congressional support for its passage.
She and Bill were, in effect, partners in crime, and their crimes were aplenty during Bill’s political career. For the most part, Bill was chasing skirts all over the country while Hillary was acting as the consigliere of the family business.
She had been included in several investigations during her time as First Lady of Arkansas and now First Lady of the United States, yet she always managed to escape any direct hits – a few glancing blows, a little tarnished perhaps, but no direct hits – so far.
She already had the Whitewater, Travelgate, and Filegate investigations under her belt and had slipped through the cracks on each one, but things were beginning to pile up.
As consigliere, she took control of the “bimbo eruption squad” that attacked any of the unfortunate women who dared to disclose Bill’s unwelcome sexual advances – some even accusing him of rape. There is a long list of accusers, many more than the half-dozen names with which we’re already familiar. Those who went public were subject to character assignation in response to their public statements. Hillary directed those character assignations.
There’s another deeply disturbing series of stories about a number of deaths (25 to 30) that had some connection to Whitewater, Clinton’s bimbos, a drug running investigation known as the Mena Airport case, and/or individuals supposedly having knowledge of Clinton involvement in one or more of those criminal activities. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the Mena Airport link, but it does present a timeline of activities which often included references to Bill Clinton – some can be validated, some are supposition.
Here’s a link to a Truth or Fiction look into the accusations of “untimely” deaths associated with Clinton family activities. The Truth or Fiction link speaks for itself.
These mentions of Bill Clinton’s activities are included to show that Hillary wasn’t without a kindred partner in the commission of immoral and illegal activities. They were operating a mini-syndicate, a crime family, going all the way back to Arkansas and history shows that there’s nary a scruple between them.
In 1998, a longtime U.S. Senator (Daniel Patrick Moynihan) announced his retirement leaving a New York senate seat open. Many prominent democratic figures urged Hillary to run for Moynihan’s open seat in 2000. Once she was convinced to run, the Clintons bought a home in Chappaqua, NY, north of New York City in September 1999, thus becoming an honest-to-goodness carpetbagger since she had never resided in New York nor participated in the state’s politics before the race.
She won the election over Rick Lazio, a weak Republican candidate, with 55 percent of the vote and was sworn in on January 3, 2001. Upon entering the Senate, Hillary initially maintained a low profile. She forged alliances with various senators by serving on several committees.
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, she joined with her senior NY senator, Charles Schumer in securing $21 billion for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment. She voted for the USA Patriot Act, supported the military action in Afghanistan, and voted to authorize President George W. Bush to use military force against Iraq.
Senator Clinton voted against President Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, and voted against the 2005 confirmation of John Roberts as Chief Justice as well as the 2006 confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. She played a formative role in the founding of John Podesta’s Center for American Progress (CAP) and also helped David Brock create Media Matters for America (MMA). Her first term resulted in few achievements or any substantive contributions to the betterment of the country.
In 2004, she announced that she would seek a second term. Interestingly, an early opponent was almost Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, now a Fox News personality, but Judge Pirro dropped out early.
Hillary won the November 7, 2006 election with 67 percent of the vote to her Republican opponent’s 31 percent. She subsequently transferred $10 million of “leftover” senatorial campaign funds to her presidential campaign.
Shortly after the start of her second term was when she responded to General David Petraeus’s Report to Congress by saying those now famous words, “I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.” That statement would come back to haunt her.
Hillary announced her presidential exploratory committee in January of 2007. She had been preparing for a presidential run since at least early 2003.
When Bill became president in 1993, the couple had set up a blind trust to avoid the appearance of any ethical conflicts or political embarrassments. Prior to undertaking her presidential race in April 2007, they liquidated the blind trust and revealed that their net worth was upwards of $50 million.
Hillary led all candidates for the democratic nomination throughout the first half of 2007. Her competitors at that time were Senator John Edwards and Senator Barack Obama.
Throughout the fall of 2007, she continued to lead her competitors, but in October she suffered a poor debate performance and things began to unravel.
Clinton’s campaign was based primarily on her experience while Obama’s was a mantra for change. To hear some describe it, Edward’s campaign was based on a nice smile and good hair. By the year’s end, she had lost her front-runner status and in the first poll of 2008, she trailed both Obama and Edwards.
Some ill-timed and racially-tinged remarks by Hillary, Bill, and some of their staff caused some African American voters previously in her camp to instead coalesce around Barack Obama and that eroded support for her campaign. Edwards eventually dropped out, leaving the two democrat senators to fight it out.
Hillary’s campaign and supporters had expected to win the nomination by Super Tuesday and were unprepared for an extended fight. As the campaign went on, she fell further behind Obama and never regained her position as the frontrunner. Following the final primaries on June 3, 2008, Obama had gained enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee.
Ever the democrat party loyalist, Hillary gave a passionate speech at the 2008 Democrat National Convention in support of Obama and campaigned frequently for him. He won against the Republican John McCain in the general election on November 4th.
Hillary campaign ended up severely in debt and she eventually wrote off the $13 million she had lent the campaign.
When president Obama offered her the position of Secretary of State, she was reluctant, but eventually accepted the new position as providing a “difficult and exciting adventure.”
This, my friends, brings us to the end of Part Two in the ongoing Hillary Clinton saga.
In Part Three, we’ll pick up on her activities during her term as SOS, listing her “accomplishments” as Secretary of State (a very short segment). And we’ll round out our report with the preparations for her coronation as President of the United States. And who knows, there might even be some mention of emails and foundation contributions.
After all, a voter should have extensive knowledge of a candidate’s qualifications and history in order to make an informed decision not to vote for that person.