ABC reporter to Bill Clinton: I’ve got to ask, is your past fair game in this election?

posted at 5:21 pm on January 4, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via the Weekly Standard, which notes that, for once in his life, Slick seems unsure of what to say. Conservatives on Twitter are sneering that the reporter’s prefatory “I’ve got to ask” speaks volumes about how reluctant the media is to broach this topic with their hero, which is true but incomplete as an explanation. Part of it is ideological bias towards Clinton. Part of it is contempt for Trump, whose water they’re especially reluctant to carry against a Democratic target. But part of it too, I think, is Clinton having attained a sort of benevolent post-political stature among the many people who like him (including in the media) that makes re-airing his dirty laundry seem distasteful to them. Most media coverage of Bill Clinton over the past 10 years has focused on his charity work and his aisle-crossing friendship with the Bushes, along with sporadic paeans to what an expert retail politician he is/was. (Notable exception: In late 2007 and early 2008, he became a tone-deaf racist who’d lost his golden political touch because it served the Hopenchange narrative for him to be that.) Now that he’s set to rejoin the fray for Hillary, he’s fair game for questions like this again — but since he still kinda sorta retains that elder-statesmen halo, some reporters end up feeling genuinely awkward about how to ask, I think, even beyond their partisan leanings. There are few figures in American public life as reliably beloved as ex-presidents, even ones like Jimmy Carter and Dubya who were widely derided as failures when they left office. Some of that is at work here in the reluctance to pose the question.

But she posed it anyway because ultimately she had no choice, which is a problem for the Clintons. If Trump had raised Bill’s sex scandals and the assault allegations against him gratuitously, they could be ignored as an attempt to “change the subject” or to tar Hillary with the sins of the man who hurt her. But it’s not gratuitous: Trump and Rand Paul before him were both correct that a campaign that will lean as heavily on “war on women” garbage as Hillary’s has no choice but to reconcile that with Bill’s history. If the race is destined to be a contest over which side takes hardships imposed on women more seriously, then all the evidence is coming in. The question may be asked reluctantly, but it has to be asked. And it will be.

Here’s Clinton, palpably not knowing how to reply, followed by Bernie Sanders reassuring America yesterday that whatever Bill Clinton might be guilty of is unimportant even though he’s Hillary’s most valuable surrogate and will obviously have enormous influence over the government if she’s elected president. Imagine how well Sanders would be doing in the polls if he was actually trying to win.



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I’ve got to ask, will he be releasing a sex tape.

Sorry, but some of those chicks are hot.

Magicjava on January 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

After the interview she discovered her bra was unbuckled.

Oil Can on January 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

ABC reporter to Bill Clinton: I’ve got to ask, is your past fair game in this election?

Of course not. Nothing is fair game with a Clinton.

bernzright777 on January 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Serial sexual harrasser

SpongePuppy on January 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Someone should ask them about their fake marriage.

Oh and Benghazi and the private bathroom file server that compromised state secrets which were sold to Clinton Foundation donors

SpongePuppy on January 4, 2016 at 5:26 PM

His big mistake was not saying, “i’m pure as the driven snow, my past is an advantage.”

Guilty conscious?

Meremortal on January 4, 2016 at 5:27 PM

His past? When did Bill stop chasing skirts?

Eddie Baby on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Hillary kept quiet about rape.

Also blamed Benghazi which occurred on 9/11 on a YouTube video.

SpongePuppy on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Blink is right.

SpongePuppy on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

I’ve got to ask, will he be releasing a sex tape.

Sorry, but some of those chicks are hot.

Magicjava on January 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

That reminds me, where is mange and the Trump sex tapes.

RickB on January 4, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Bill raped them and if they complained then Hillary tried to destroy their credibility

SpongePuppy on January 4, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Backfire: ‘Fangirls’ Make Faces Behind Bill Clinton, Call Him ‘Womanizer’
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/04/backfire-fangirls-make-faces-behind-bill-clinton-call-him-womanizer/

This is just the start, wait until hes really been Trumped.

Garyinaz66 on January 4, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Bone Finger

(cue the James Bond music)

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Why is Donald Trump the first person to ever bring this up about Clinton?

tetriskid on January 4, 2016 at 5:33 PM

In 2004, the Democrats asserted that what the incumbent Republican President had done (or not done) 30 years earlier was fair game.

At the same time, those Democrats also claimed that what their own 2004 Presidential “candidate” had done 30 years earlier was fair game, too. That one worked out real well for them, as I recall…

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Most media coverage of Bill Clinton over the past 10 years has focused on his charity work and his aisle-crossing friendship with the Bushes, along with sporadic paeans to what an expert retail politician he is/was.

And the media has also ignored his double digit trips to Orgy Island on pedophile Epstein’s jet.

fossten on January 4, 2016 at 5:35 PM

This is not who we are.-GOPe

artist on January 4, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Trump’s nickname should be the Honeybadger.

All other candidates are afraid to bring up certain things because they fear the media and the beltway elites. Trump doesn’t give a sh*t

The Notorious G.O.P on January 4, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Did he cop a feel as he was answering the question?

HumpBot Salvation on January 4, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Instead of recusing herself with respect to her husband’s crimes, Hillary went on the attack. She attacked the character of, and threatened, these women.

blink on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

It’s virtually unprecedented. Think of all the other women cheated on. One of the first Lee Hart, on her husband Gary Hart’s infidelities, with a pained look on her face: “If it doesn’t matter to me, it shouldn’t matter to you”. (They’ve been married for 57 years — oh my. How time flies!) And all the other women with pained looks on their faces, who either distance themselves, or not, or leave, or not.

Hillary = Warrior Against Women

She is. Hillary is unique.

LashRambo on January 4, 2016 at 5:39 PM

A reporter should ask him how he adjusted the thermostat on his two legged ciger humidor back in the ’90s.

Indiana Jim on January 4, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Dirty old rapist.

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Did he cop a feel as he was answering the question?

HumpBot Salvation on January 4, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Cecelia Vega is hot. Also a big Clinton shill. If he DIDN’T cop a feel, he disappoints me.

LashRambo on January 4, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Even without the media to remind me, the Clintons are the sleaziest people to ever enter into the city of Washington D.C.

jaime on January 4, 2016 at 5:41 PM

I’ve got to ask, is your past fair game in this election?

How about OUR past, baby? Remember you and me in the stairwell at the 2004 DNC convention?

/Hubba hubba, bubba bubba

LashRambo on January 4, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Binders Full Of Bimbo Eruptions!

gwelf on January 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Why is Donald Trump the first person to ever bring this up about Clinton?

tetriskid on January 4, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Good question.

jaime on January 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM

I thought the ol’Horndog sounded really elderly and frail today.

I don’t think his personal campaigning is going to be much of an asset for Grandma when it comes to the kiddies Millenials.

Dolce Far Niente on January 4, 2016 at 5:44 PM

I thought the ol’Horndog sounded really elderly and frail today.

Dolce Far Niente on January 4, 2016 at 5:44 PM

He and Trump are months apart in age.

fossten on January 4, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Bill is just a poor, discriminated against polysexual. He was born that way and can’t help who he loves. I sure hope the LGTBQUVWXYZ crowd add a color to their flag for him. /

Nutstuyu on January 4, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Binders Full Of Bimbo Eruptions!

gwelf on January 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM

That’s one sticky binder.

Nutstuyu on January 4, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Thing is the media enabled the later crimes from Bill once elected Pres. as they knew of his past before he was elected.

They withheld this critical evidence from those he attacked later.

So now the guilt rides them hard, they know the sin, they know they enabled, so they distract and dissemble as always to cover their own evil of hiding their decline.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 5:49 PM

I like how democrats keep saying Trump should think twice about doing this.

gerrym51 on January 4, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Bill Clinton identified in lawsuit against his former friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had ‘regular’ orgies at his Caribbean compound that the former president visited multiple times

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2016 at 5:36 PM

So Bill and/or Epstein are followers of Islam’s Ideal Man?

Nutstuyu on January 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Cecelia Vega is hot. Also a big Clinton shill. If he DIDN’T cop a feel, he disappoints me.

LashRambo on January 4, 2016 at 5:40 PM

I’m sure she just wanted to get the question out of the way so ABC could focus on important stuff like Trumps picture being seen on a terrorists notebook in Goathumpistan.

HumpBot Salvation on January 4, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Forget Bill. Trump needs to bring up Hillary defending a child rapist and laughing about it. And the audio recording is available on youtube.

Donald, just point America to that youtube video.

She felt he was guilty of raping this 12 year old, and got him a plea bargain down to time served which was two months.

That is the real Hillary Clinton. Speaking very candidly 30 years ago long before she knew to be careful.

HugoDrax on January 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Why is Donald Trump the first person to ever bring this up about Clinton?

tetriskid on January 4, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Because Trump is not part of the Washington, DC elite politician club. And that is also why he is so far ahead of anyone else this cycle.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Sanders is pathetic. I can’t believe people actually support that lightweight. They must dislike Mrs. Clinton that much, huh?

Aizen on January 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Imagine how well Sanders would be doing in the polls if he was actually trying to win.

Indeed.

Bigbullets on January 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM

But part of it too, I think, is Clinton having attained a sort of benevolent post-political stature among the many people who like him (including in the media) that makes re-airing his dirty laundry seem distasteful to them. Most media coverage of Bill Clinton over the past 10 years has focused on his charity work and his aisle-crossing friendship with the Bushes, along with sporadic paeans to what an expert retail politician he is/was.

Yup. Obama will receive the same treatment if/when he leaves office.

Aizen on January 4, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Yeah, it matters.

Those women he raped were attacked by Hilary Clinton, not for the purpose of protecting women’s rights, but to preserve Bill’s political career, and her own ambitions in the works.

I’d love to see the veil she deceives women with ripped to shreds!!!

lineholder on January 4, 2016 at 5:57 PM

WOW! Multiple articles in the past week “warning” Donald Trump not to “tangle” with BJ Clintoon… I have to ask: Are you guys afraid that Clintoon is too old and frail to make a fight of it?
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I think they are realizing that Clintoon is on shaky ground with this “war on women” bologna, especially since the Obama White House is consistently underpaying women compared to male employees.

ExpressoBold on January 4, 2016 at 5:57 PM

The media and the Clinton’s are co-mingled in crimes in an incestuous way.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Aizen on January 4, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Not sure it will have the same impact for Obama, though.

I know a young man you turns 18 this month, who is chomping at the bit to vote this November.

No amount of persuasion will bring it about for him to remember Obama fondly.

lineholder on January 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Bill Clinton’s “Past”?

Bill Clinton has to have stopped womanizing for it to be in his “past”.

portlandon on January 4, 2016 at 6:01 PM

After the interview she discovered her bra was unbuckled.

Buckles? Buckles!?! Yikes!

jcmorris on January 4, 2016 at 6:02 PM

The battle is U A All, Trump, possible Cruz against the GOPe/Democrats of the two party evil money cult.

The sex crimes are just collateral damage as they grab power and gold.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Two things happening here, I think:

1) Trump is neutralizing Hillary’s planned run around her ties to the Obama administration and its failures by tying herself to Bill with a promise to return to his golden administration. She wants to tie herself to Bill, she can explain and defend his numerous sexual peccadilloes and her enablement of them for their (and her) political advancement.

2) Trump is attacking the PC media which considers it distasteful to report any Democrat pol’s sexual misadventures, while hounding Republicans to their political deaths with them. This is yet another front of Trump’s campaign against political correctness, which includes what the media deem “correct” or “incorrect” to cover.

It would seem that Trump is thinking twice about this.

de rigueur on January 4, 2016 at 6:07 PM

What is going on is that Trump is showing back bone and normal understanding of the evil of what the Clinton’s have done to women.

Now that the dam is leaking there are not enough little dutch boy media clowns to stick cigars or fingers in the dikes and stop the flow of truth.

Truth is the only thing that will clean the Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and B. Obama’s stain off of U S All.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:11 PM

“Government Zero”

“No Honor Nation”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:14 PM

I bet Hillary wanted to strap Bill to a polygraph before she announced about upcoming Bimbo Eruptions.

I predict that bomb is going to be dropped on his head more than once in the next. Talking NEW girls here.

AYNBLAND on January 4, 2016 at 6:14 PM

His past? When did Bill stop chasing skirts?

Eddie Baby on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

To paraphrase the late Mitch Hedberg, Bill used to chase skirts. He still does, but he used to, too.

Barnestormer on January 4, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Are they are STD’s named after Clinton? If not, I’m sure some strains were made more powerful.

Oil Can on January 4, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Bill Clinton, John Kerry, B. Obama and Ms Clinton will have the “Come To Jesus” moment in time.

It is their destiny.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:17 PM

ABC reporter to Bill Clinton: I’ve got to ask, is Hillary’s covering up and attacking the women in your past fair game in this election?

Spin.

Fallon on January 4, 2016 at 6:17 PM

That last long moment is real, I have held the hand of U S fighting men as the moment passed, I know it is real, I have felt the surge, seen the soul move, and I know the last long moments of these Democrats we discuss now will not have a good feeling in the hands of those they will greet.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM

His past? When did Bill stop chasing skirts?

Eddie Baby on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

His prostate should be objecting at this age. If he’s still capable of chasing skirts, I’d say it’s a credit to his name.

Rix on January 4, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Imagine how well Sanders would be doing in the polls if he was actually trying to win.

Saw another Bernie bumper sticker this afternoon. *smh*

Fallon on January 4, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Not sure it will have the same impact for Obama, though.

I know a young man you turns 18 this month, who is chomping at the bit to vote this November.

No amount of persuasion will bring it about for him to remember Obama fondly.

lineholder on January 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

I hope you’re right. One thing that has protected the “allure” of the Clintons was the true lack of an omnipresent Internet back in the ’90s. Most of the media was in the tank for them, Fox News came about only in 1996 (if I remember correctly), and talk radio was still mostly Rush with a few copycats trying to make a name for themselves.

Aizen on January 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM

His response, simplified: “Homina homina homina homina…” (If you never watched The Honeymooners, you won’t understand).

Bill Cosby? Defendant.
Bill Clinton? Defended.
But the media is totes objective–except for those crazed right wing zealots over at FOX…

orangemtl on January 4, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Bill Clinton identified in lawsuit against his former friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had ‘regular’ orgies at his Caribbean compound that the former president visited multiple times

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2016 at 5:36 PM

So Bill and/or Epstein are followers of Islam’s Ideal Man?

Nutstuyu on January 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM

And Bill and Hillary blame the victims, just like Muslims. The rape victim gets killed for committing adultery, but usually little happens to the rapist. Maybe this is why she takes so much in donations from Islamic countries.

talkingpoints on January 4, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Some of those girls look vulnerable.They need a public service announcement.

Warning: There have been multiple complaint about Bill Clinton raping* and sexually assaulting young women and political volunteers.

If you are female, you are advised not to be alone with Bill Clinton.

If you are female, you are advised not to be within arm’s reach of Bill Clinton.

Males and animals are not believed to be at risk at this time.

*OK. allegedly. I’m sure he acquiesced to being kicked out of Oxford and losing his Rhodes fellowship even though the rape accusation was baseless.

talkingpoints on January 4, 2016 at 6:54 PM

It’s not about him. It’s about Hillary attacking the character of his victims.

kcewa on January 4, 2016 at 7:21 PM

ABC reporter to Bill Clinton: I’ve got to ask, is your past fair game in this election?

BJ: Those reports are totally braless.

ABC reporter: Braless?

BJ: Um, what?

ABC reporter: You said braless.

BJ: No, I said baseless.

ABC reporter: You said braless.

BJ: Well, I meant baseless. Hey, are those real?

Pain Train on January 4, 2016 at 7:33 PM

I’d like to know about Bill’s trips on The Lolita Express.

GarandFan on January 4, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Bubba looks so sickly and frail. And he is younger than Trump I believe. Does he have HIV?

Dr. Zaius MD on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Dr Zaius, I think it’s because BC is a vegetarian.

cimbri on January 5, 2016 at 2:04 AM

Once Hillary is sworn in as President she will assign a full Navy Seal-Team to watch over her husband 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They will patrol the White House, including the Oval Office. Any female employees will have an armed escort. The Seal-Team will also stop all of the illegal foreign-donations to the Clinton Foundation. By doing this there will be no more political-disasters which filled the Clinton’s previous eight years in the White House; James Riady, Marc Rich, Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton being permanently disbarred,…we could go on, but the list is endless.

Bugdust172 on January 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM