Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) lit up social media yesterday morning with this exchange on Meet the Press with David Gregory. Paul delighted conservatives with this shot at media double standards and the phony “war on women” pose from Democrats by reminding everyone that their eminence grise was one of the worst offenders — and they still won’t acknowledge it:
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., suggested Sunday that Democrat’s don’t have the moral high ground when it comes to women’s issues because of former President Bill Clinton’s “predatory” behavior toward then-intern Monica Lewinsky.
“One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office. And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this,” Paul said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that.”
Paul called was echoing an assessment offered by his wife, Kelley Ashby, in an interview with Vogue when asked on the show whether the subject would be fair game in a presidential campaign. He suggested that it undercut the Democratic argument that Republicans are waging a war on women.
Though Paul said that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be judged for her husband’s behavior, he added, “it’s hard to separate one from the other. But I would say that with regard to his place in history, that it certainly is a discussion and I think in my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that.”
Mike Huckabee only talked about “female libidos” (and got grossly misquoted for it). Bill Clinton actually did something about it.
Why bring this up now? Sometimes, there’s no defense like a good offense. To prove this, Gregory’s next guest — Paul’s colleague Dick Durbin — tried to scold Paul for attacking Hillary Clinton through Bill:
“For goodness sakes, let’s judge Hillary Clinton based on her talents and her vision of America should she choose to run for president,” Durbin said.
Noting Bill Clinton’s actions “have been litigated in the public square for over a decade,” Durbin said that “if the Republicans like my friend — and he is my friend – Sen. Paul want to dwell on these chapters in the past, I don’t think it’s going to have much resonance.”
Yes, let’s judge Hillary on her talents and vision. Let’s mull over all her accomplishments in the US Senate … and when you find some, we’ll do that. How about her tenure as Secretary of State? It started with a badly translated “reset button” that presumed all of our troubles with Russia were George Bush’s fault, and ended with four dead Americans in Benghazi after Hillary and Barack Obama turned Libya into a failed-state playground for al-Qaeda. Her final assessment of Benghazi? “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
The only real argument for Hillary as a presidential candidate is Bill Clinton nostalgia. Paul was just reminding us of why even that is hypocrisy on stilts.