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"A Concession to a Tyranny": Marco Rubio Absolutely Blasts Obama's New Cuba Policy

Shortly after the news broke, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had some tough words for the president about his unilateral action to relax diplomatic relations with Cuba.
“No commitment was made to allowing the establishment of political parties or to even begin the semblance of a transition to democracy,” he said about the announcement. “In exchange for all of these concessions, the only thing the Cuban government agreed to do is free 53 political prisoners – who could wind up in jail tomorrow morning if they once again take up the cause of freedom – and to allow the United Nations and the Red Cross to monitor conditions on the island.”
“This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie,” he continued. “The lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people. All this is going to do is give the Castro regime – which controls every aspect of Cuban life – the opportunity to manipulate these changes to perpetuate its sovereign power.”
He also argued this unilateral approach is a kind of capitulation to human rights abusers, a lopsided bargain that will ultimately make it harder to topple the regime.
“These changes will lead to legitimacy for a government that shamelessly, continuously abuses human rights,” he said. “But it will not lead to assistance for those whose rights are being abused. It is just another concession to a tyranny by the Obama administration rather than a defense of every universal and inalienable right that our country was founded on and stands for. In short, what these changes are going to do is they will tighten this regime’s grip on power for decades to come.”
Sen. Rubio, however, acknowledged he was “overjoyed” Alan Gross was a free man and back in United States safely after five years in captivity. Nonetheless, he called the new policy “willfully ignorant.”
“This president is the single worst negotiator we’ve had in the White House in my lifetime,” he said. “[H]e has basically given the Cuban government everything it asked for and received no assurances of any advances in democracy and freedom in return."
"Today by conceding to the oppressors, this president and this administration have let the people of Cuba down,” he added.

Another Poll: Americans Say Tough CIA Interrogations After 9/11 Were Appropriate

After days of brow-furrowed, self-righteousness analysis from much of the national media over Senate Democrats' tendentious and dishonest "torture report," poll after poll has shown that the American people aren't eager to join the anti-CIA mob. The latest, from NBC/WSJ:

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Fewer than three in ten Americans are willing to second-guess the intelligence community's use of harsh techniques in questioning captured terrorists in the wake of 9/11's deadly attacks.  Most people's memories of the fear and chaos of that time are fresh enough to give the CIA the benefit of the doubt.  Plus, Dianne Feinstein's squad did themselves no favors by refusing to interview a single person at the CIA who oversaw or carried out the EIT program, an indefensible shortcoming exposed in this op/ed by a group of former high-ranking officials at the agency.  Among those they declined to consult is Jose Rodriguez, a 31-year CIA veteran who ran the agency's clandestine operations at the peak of his career, and who assumed a major counterterrorism role shortly after the devastating attacks of 2001.  Rodriguez will appear on my radio program this weekend, for the full hour.  I will post a partial transcript of our discussion here at Townhall next week.  Other highlights from the NBC/WSJ poll:

(1) President Obama's approval rating has rebounded over to (45/50), much better than other recent polls have shown.  His approval on the economy is slightly underwater, while he remains in deep trouble on foreign policy and immigration.
(2) "[T]he nation shows weariness of President Barack Obama , with more than 70% saying the next president should take a different approach from the current one," the WSJ writes, noting that Republicans now hold a very slight (40/38) edge on 'next president' preferences.
(3) Seventy-one percent of respondents agreed that voters sent Obama a message in November, but a 55 percent majority believes he hasn't received, or has actively ignored, that message.  Only 16 percent say he's changing his policies and behavior in response to Democrats' electoral beating.

I'll leave you with this data point from a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, revealing a significant GOP bounce following the party's resounding midterm victory:

Republican victories in the midterm elections have translated into an immediate boost in the party’s image, putting the GOP at its highest point in eight years, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The spike in the party’s standing comes after Republicans picked up nine seats to take control of the Senate, raised their numbers in the House to the highest level in more than half a century and added new governorships to its already clear majority. In the new poll, 47 percent say they have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, compared with 33 percent in the month before the midterm elections. An equal percentage have an unfavorable view, which marks the first time in six years that fewer than half of Americans said they saw Republicans negatively. The improved standing reverses a lengthy period in which the public had given Republicans declining and, ultimately, historically low ratings.
Bloomberg has picked up on this trend as well.  

So, Joe Biden Might Run For President In 2016

Joe Biden does not have the best track record when it comes to mounting presidential campaigns. He ran in the 1988 campaign, but dropped out after it was discovered that portions of his speech were similar to those given by UK Labour Leader Neil Kinnock. In 2007, he managed to clinch a whopping 1 percent in the Iowa Caucuses, but he’s now the Vice President of the United States; a role he reportedly revels in at the Obama White House.
Regardless, Politico reported back in October that there are some on his staff who are convinced he would run after 2012–and there are some who think otherwise. As for presidential ambitions regarding his various trips across the country, it’s very hard to read the tea leaves there as well:
He’s made appearances in Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire, but they’ve been brief. Three days after Clinton headlined Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry last month, Biden jumped on a plane to Des Moines to join a dozen sisters kicking off their “Nuns on the Bus” cross-country voter registration and social-justice tour. His office said the trip was an official event, nothing to do with politics or Clinton’s visit. In Washington and in Iowa both, he came across as not wanting to leave Clinton unanswered in Iowa.
He’s worked with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee to coordinate some of his travel. Sometimes, people don’t know what he’s up to at all. When Biden arrived two weeks ago in Columbia, South Carolina, for a get-out-the-vote rally and state Democratic Party fundraiser — catching up with an old commitment to the DNC to do some voting rights events in the South — a number of key Washington operatives learned about the stop from news reports once he was already there.
Or Biden stops come together like this: Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is friends with his son Beau from their work together as AGs, so her campaign calls Biden’s office directly to work out the campaign schedule that generated a fundraiser at the Banshee Pub in Cambridge. Or he’s in Los Angeles with one candidate for a House seat and another for California secretary of state, and jumps up to Portland for a walk through town with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) that was most memorable for the unplanned but instantly viral photo of him with an ice cream cone, those aviator glasses and a fistful of $10 bills.
Biden’s not the kind of person to think much about things like a field director when making his decisions, and he appears to be working under the assumption that he’d be able to put together another late-breaking staff, like he did in 1987 and 2007. He toyed with the idea of a leadership PAC, but that never came together in large part due to concerns it would play too much into the prospective presidential narrative.
Biden tells a story he’s told before, a lesson he says he learned in his earliest days in the Senate, when candidates kept asking him his secret to winning.
Simple, Biden remembers saying.
“You have to figure out what’s worth losing over.”
Biden will be close to his mid-70s if he mounts another bid for the White House in 2016. He’s the vice president, a former U.S. Senator, and oodles of experience in public life. After his VP stint, Biden will probably slip into political and historical obscurity–along with the vast majority of U.S. Vice Presidents–after he leaves office. So, what does he have to lose? Nothing.
If he wins, he wins. If not, it’s one last hurrah in public life before retiring after decades of service. Whether you agree with his political positions in that regard is a different story. I’m pretty sure the vast majority of you haven’t taken too kindly to his liberalism; you’re not alone.
If he does run and challenges Hillary’s potential campaign to a debate, she would have to oblige him. While former Sen. Jim Webb thinks he can beat her, she could ignore him and starve him of oxygen, forcing Webb to drop out. With a former Vice President of the United States, that’s not an option.
Then, you get two candidates whose gaffes have been widely reported in the media on the same stage together. That’s quite the popcorn moment.
Biden, who’s seen as a good surrogate, could tap into the neo-populist mood with this pro-middle class messages, but the GOP actually won or was competitive with those voters. Another thing going against him is that Clinton is trouncing him in the polls. Yet, that didn’t stop Barack Obama, but Obama was also young; Biden is not.
At Politico’s recent Women Rule event, the vice president said he really has not made up his mind on the issue of running for the presidency (via the Hill):
"I honest to God haven't made up my mind,” Biden said…
The one thing that moves me — I think that I have the ability to bring the sides together,” he added.
Biden’s daughter Ashley appeared on stage with him at the event, and called his potential presidential aspirations a “family decision.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is far and away the Democratic presidential frontrunner, leading her rivals by more than 50 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

McSally (R) Wins Recount in Arizona CD-2, Officially Declared Winner

Martha McSally (R) has been officially declared the winner in Arizona's second congressional district by a razor-thin 167-vote margin over incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D). This was the final race of the 2014 election that was yet to be decided, as Arizona law mandates a recount if an election is decided by fewer than 200 votes.
Member-elect McSally released the following statement thanking everyone who worked on her campaign and the people of southern Arizona:
"We're grateful to everyone who devoted their time and resources, especially during the extended vote and recount processes, to get us over the finish line," said McSally. "With the results of the recount now official, we can move forward as one community to bring Southern Arizonans the strong representation they deserve."
"There's no getting around that this was an incredibly close and hard-fought race. After what's been a long campaign season, it's time to come together and heal our community. That's why my focus will be on what unites us, not what divides us, such as providing better economic opportunity for our families and ensuring our country and community are kept safe."
"I sincerely thank Congressman Barber for his service over many years to Southern Arizona. I'll be seeking his input to continue strong constituent services and help ensure a smooth transition. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know that we're a community dedicated and united in our love for Southern Arizona - And, together, we can make a positive difference."
McSally is a retired colonel who served in the Air Force. She was the first female fighter pilot to fly a combat mission and was the first female in U.S. history to command a fighter squadron in combat. Her victory puts the Republican majority in the House of Representatives at 247 to 188, a gain of 13 seats.

Poll: GOP Favorability Up 14 Points; Obama, Dems Falter

By Joel Himelfarb

The huge Republican gains in the midterm elections have resulted in a substantial increase in the party’s standing with the public, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

In the new poll, 47 percent said they have a favorable view of the Republican Party compared to 33 percent in October, the Post reported Wednesday.

The new poll found that an equal percentage view Republicans negatively – the first time in six years that fewer than half of Americans expressed this view of the GOP.

By comparison, 44 percent express a positive view of the Democrats, while 50 percent give them a negative rating.

The midterms shifted public perceptions “of which party’s leadership is more trusted to deal with the nation’s biggest problems,” according to the Post. “Americans “narrowly see the GOP as more trusted today, a shift since last summer, when Obama had the advantage.”

According to the poll, Republicans have a nine-point advantage over President Barack Obama on who Americans trust to handle the economy and are also nine points ahead of the president on handling immigration issues.

On immigration, 55 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s performance compared to 38 percent who approve. The president’s negative-17-percentage-point margin is an improvement over the ratings he received two months earlier, when 61 percent said they disapproved and 29 percent expressed approval.

In surveys dating back 30 years, Democrats “were always rated more positively than negatively until late last year, at the time of the botched rollout of,” the Post reported. But it was not until this fall that at least 50 percent gave the party a negative rating.

The new poll put Obama’s approval rating at 41 percent (down slightly from 43 percent in late October) while his disapproval rating rose from 51 percent to 54 percent. It found that 41 percent of all Americans strongly disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job.

On handling the economy, 44 percent expressed a positive view of Obama, compared to 52 percent with a negative one. On dealing with terrorism, 48 percent said they disapproved of his performance while 43 percent approved.

The poll was taken by telephone Dec. 11-14 from a random national sample of 1,000 adults and has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error.

This’ll make your blood boil --- Tea Party mom wins lawsuit after being arrested for her beliefs


The situation that landed 58-year-old Nancy Genovese in jail for four days in 2010 was subject to quite a bit of interpretation on the part of her arresting officer.
The Long Island native might have been taking a picture of a decorative helicopter in the hopes of using it as a feature on a “Support our Troops” website after leaving a rifle range with her legally owned and registered weapon. Or she might have been taking surveillance photographs of the Gabreski Airport at the Westhampton Beach Air National Guard base with a deadly weapon in her car.
Guess which of these interpretations won the day?
Four years after her incarceration, Genovese has been awarded $1.2 million by a federal jury which determined that Suffolk County had falsely prosecuted her. This undue arrest may have been forgivable but for Genovese’s claims that her arresting officer made it clear that he was discriminating against her for her political beliefs.
Southhampton cops searched her and found a legally owned rifle and shotgun that she was transporting from a nearby rifle range. She contends a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene later and said to her, “I bet you are one of those Tea Party people.” When Genovese said she’s gone to Tea Party rallies, he allegedly said, “You’re a real right-winger, aren’t you?” and “You are a ‘Teabagger’” and then added that she’d be arrested for terrorism to make an example of other “right wingers.”
“Ms. Genovese was subjected to a level of abuse because [authorities] did not share the same political views as she did and saw this as an excuse to deny her even the most basic civil rights,” her lawyer Frederick Brewington said.
It seems ludicrous today to profile a middle age woman as a terrorist conspirator, but this was a period in which the Democratic Party and their allies in the media were doing their best to suggest that the Tea Party was a potentially violent group of malcontents. That association culminated in the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by an unstable young man. Despite having no links to the Tea Party, the press and Democratic politicians spent weeks attempting to link Giffords’ shooter to Sarah Palin.
“One thing is clear, Palin, who has been at the center of so much of the political discourse and discussion the last two years, is right back in the center, you might even say the crosshairs, whether she wants to be there or not,” an ABC News report on the absurdly tenuous links between Giffords’ shooting and Palin read.
Many issuing this dubious claim made it clear that their goal was not to purify political discourse, but to shut their opponents up.
“She — as I mentioned, people contributing to this toxic climate — Ms. Palin needs to look at her own behavior,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), “and if she wants to help the public discourse, the best thing she could do is to keep quiet.”
“[S]omething about the current state of America has been causing far more disturbed people than before to act out their illness by threatening, or actually engaging in, political violence,”Paul Krugman wrote the day after his ill-considered decision to place all the blame for Giffords’ shooting on Palin’s shoulders.
“It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P,” he added.
These figures and others were terrified of the Tea Party because they were portrayed in the press as terrifying. It was only in the autumn of 2011 that Occupy Wall Street showed the media what a truly violent and unruly protest movement looked like, burying forever the narrative that the Tea Party was a pre-riotous mob. In a way, the officer who discriminated against Genovese was a victim himself; he was misled by a biased media that was invested in that narrative.
Good for Genovese that she found some vindication in the courts. Supposedly endemic discrimination by the police is the subject of much hand-wringing on the left today, but Genovese’s exoneration is a story you’re unlikely to see repeated in many mainstream news outlets. For the press to do so, they would have to admit to some complicity in her wrongful arrest. And they cannot have that.

Cheney: Terrorist Threat Today 'As Bad As It Was on 9-11'

"One of the things I'm really worried about is what this is doing long-term," former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday. He was talking about the release of a Democrat report detailing the enhanced interrogation methods used years ago on the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks.
"We're still at war," Cheney told NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd. "The terrorist threat out there today is as bad as it was on 9/11. We've got ISIS talking about attacking the United States, having created a caliphate. We're in a situation at least as bad as we had on 9/11, when after the attack we had word that Al Qaeda was trying to acquire nuclear weapons.
"Now we're sitting here today. We are castigating the CIA for doing what the president ordered them to do and the Justice Department said was legal. We're doing enormous damage to our relationship overseas with our friends and allies who've supported us and worked with us. We're making it very, very difficult to be able to go recruit foreign agents to work with us because they're likely to be hung out to dry by politicians on Capitol Hill who've got some kind of political axe to grind."
Cheney accused Senate Democrats of "trashing a very, very good program that worked, that saved lives, that kept us from another attack."
The "seriously flawed" report produced by those Democrats -- led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) -- "didn't begin to approach what's required by way of responsible oversight."
Cheney said the CIA interrogation methods "absolutely did work," and he said his own definition of torture is what happened to Americans on 9/11 -- "an American  citizen on a cell phone make a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York."
The interrogation was legally sanctioned and successful, Cheney said:
"It worked. It worked now for 13 years. We have avoided another mass casualty attack against the United States, and we did capture bin Laden. We did capture an awful lot of the senior guys at al Qaeda who were responsible for that attack on 9/11. I would do it again in a minute."
Asked if he regrets toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Cheney said "no":
"A lot has happened between the time 9/11, for example, happened. We got to the point where we were very concerned about the possible linkage between terrorists on the one hand and the weapons of mass destruction on the other. Saddam Hussein had previously had, twice, nuclear programs going. He produced news of weapons of mass destruction. And he had a ten-year relationship with al Qaeda, and all of those things came into play."

John Kerry’s continuous moral equivalence about America would be funny if it didn’t hurt our international standing and people oppressed by dictators across the globe.
Before hopping on a plane to Lima last Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a key speech on Latin America in which he again engaged in the ritualistic self-flagellation for which this administration has lamentably come to be known. Kerry’s apologia included everything that’s been in the news for the past month, and then some.
It was more than an embarrassing moment or a wasted opportunity: it was a win for tyranny. The cause of liberty needs a strong, confident America that has the back of those who’ll dare anything to be free. Instead, Kerry strove to make clear that he was not the Ugly American, bringing up Ferguson, New York, and the Senate’s partisan report on our treatment of terrorist prisoners.
“Democracy is not a final destination; it is an endless journey,” the secretary pondered. “And we see that right here at home.”
“Even yesterday with the report that came out from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence—we hold ourselves accountable to an ugly, horrible period,” Kerry went on, adding later: “from the streets of New York City to Ferguson, Missouri, we are learning in painful, searing ways that justice and equality are not things that you can just parse out to some and deny to others.”
Kerry also made sure to mention the “genocide trial” of “former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt,” who during his 18-month tenure as president in the early 1980s dealt severe setbacks to Cuban- and Soviet-backed communist guerrillas. Kerry knows full well that the international Left has zeroed in on this trial as a way to besmirch President Reagan, who kept the region from becoming a forward base for Soviet outposts.

We’ll Whip Ourselves, Not Tyrants

So who did Kerry not mention? Search his speech at the State Department website for these words: Cuba, Castro, Venezuela, or its strongman Nicolas Maduro—whom Congress has just passed sanctions against for gross human rights violations—or Bolivia and its dictator-wannabe Evo Morales, Nicaragua or its anti-American leader Danny Ortega. Or save your time and take my word: they’re not there.
On the day Kerry spoke, Cuban police beat up human rights protestors and the next day Hong Kong police forcefully ended pro-democracy demonstrations.
Neither are mentions of Leopoldo Lopez, the Venezuelan opposition leader behind bars for almost a year, or his compatriot, the brave Maria Corina Machado, who will soon join him there. Also missing were Cuba’s stalwart Ladies in White, middle-aged women who are undeterred by the beatings they receive in the streets of Cuba but dress up their wounds and take to the streets again. Or Cuban opposition leader Antunez or Yris Tamara PĂ©rez Aguilera.
All of them are begging the Obama administration for support, but all they got from Kerry were infantilisms and platitudes about “climate change, and clean energy—which is, after all, the solution to climate change,” “the LGBT community” and the fact that “we recognize a basic truth: Social and economic exclusion anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
So it shouldn’t surprise that on the day Kerry spoke Cuban police beat up human rights protestors on the streets of Havana, and the next day Hong Kong police forcefully ended pro-democracy demonstrations.

The World’s Oppressed Need Our Moral Support

America, to be sure, doesn’t conduct its foreign policy to correct all the world’s wrongs, but to secure our freedom and sovereignty. “She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” famously said one of Kerry’s predecessors, John Quincy Adams, in his 1821 Independence Day speech. But Adams understood that we are safer when freedom expands in the world, so he quickly added in the same speech a call for European citizens to overthrow their monarchical tyrants, outraging foreign diplomats in attendance and earning a protest from the czar’s government in Moscow.
Foreign liberty lovers seek moral validation of their cause, the knowledge that the world’s only superpower stands by them and believes in their cause.

To this day, what foreign liberty-seekers want from us is not “boots on the ground,” much less “nation-building.” They seek moral validation of their cause, the knowledge that an outside power—the world’s only superpower, no less—stands by them and believes in their cause. Rios Montt was a strongman more than three decades ago. There are anti-American dictators in Latin America right now who daily repress populations who need to know we’re on their side.
By happenstance, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was speaking at The Heritage Foundation at the same time Kerry spoke at State. Cruz made the following succinct point about the policy followed by Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton: “weakness is provocative.”
“Today, the consequence of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy is that our friends no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us,” said Cruz. “That is profoundly dangerous for America and is profoundly dangerous for the world.” Cruz added that, under Obama, the United States risks going from “the leader of the free world to a dutiful and obedient member of the international community.” He should have included Kerry in that critique.

Why Hillary Is Not Inevitable: Bill’s Sordid Past
By Roger Stone

Bill Clinton Put Cheating On Hold For 1992 Presidential Run, Hillary Aide Reveals.
Bill Clinton, America’s 42nd president and a man with a penchant for frustrated cabaret singers and buxom White House interns, was severely chastened about his skirt-chasing ways during the 1992 presidential campaign by Susan Thomases, an aide at the time to Hillary Clinton. Astoundingly, Thomases swears, candidate Clinton obeyed the command to stop his philandering ways, at least until after Election Day. According to the Daily Mail, Thomases tells the vignette as part of an oral history project on the Clinton White House. The school released the oral history this month. At one point during the revelation, Thomases said, “I told him if I found him having sex on the campaign, he was dead, that I was leaving and taking everybody with me."??
The key thing about conventional political wisdom is that it is usually wrong. This idea that the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton is “inevitable” is wide of the mark. In fact her survival to the finish line is dubious. The Clintonistas and their dupes in the MSM may not want to open the magnum of champagne just yet.
Neither the voters nor some in the media want or need a contest. But coronations are not American and they don’t sell newspapers or generate web traffic.
Clinton faces multiple challenges and vulnerabilities and predictions of her coronation are indeed premature. So daunting are her challenges, I’m shocked she appears to running. Clearly taking a paid speech in the late spring means she intends to milk it and perhaps get in later.
It’s a good idea. She won’t wear well.
More importantly, Mrs. Clinton has nothing to say. Her claim to be “dead broke” shows her isolation from the real world. Her claim that “companies do not create jobs” seems like a sop to the party’s hard left. She has no overarching theme other than it is her “turn” to be president. Hilary is as stale as ten-day-old bread.
A reporter with a major mainstream political website who traveled with her on the book tour told me she was “trapped in the past … much of her motive was revenge” against those who haven’t paid the Clinton’s due respect for her accomplishments and who have questioned their past activities and potentially criminal actions.
Hilary’s handling of Obama is also problematic. A high level Obama intimate who worked six years to put Obama in the Casa Blanca told me at a recent dinner party that the friction between the Clinton’s and Obama’s are very real. The president’s “ endorsement” of Hillary was Obama at his passive-aggressive best. After saying Hillary would be “good president” he talked about “mileage” and the public’s interest in a candidate “with a clean car smell” in response to a question about a woman who will be 69 when she runs for President.
Hilary cannot wander too far from Obama, who is still wildly popular in the party’s base, while seeking the nomination. Yet a full embrace of Obama is potentially poisonous in the general election. The Democrats’ lock on independent, younger and Hispanic voters was broken in the last election. Obama has crumbled with key constituencies.
More problematic is the Clinton’s past behavior. In fact, given the Clinton narrow escape in a slew of ethical scandals during the years of Bill’s governorship, presidency, and post-presidency, I’d say the Clinton’s are pressing their luck.
No Clinton has been on the national general election ballot since 1996. More than half of registered voters have no memory or knowledge of the Clinton presidency. These voters can be educated during a campaign and everything about the Clintons will be under a magnifying glass. Hillary’s soaring poll numbers are her high watermark. Her role in the Vince Foster death, Travelgate, and Waco, all on the table. A re-examination will yield many facts not reported at the time. Hillary’s co-presidency is not pretty.
Frank Bruni of the New York Times suggest that “breaking the glass ceiling for women “is the rationale for Hillary’s candidacy. This path is wrought with even greater danger because of the activities of her husband.
The new public scrutiny of Bill Cosby is also problematic for Bill Clinton. I am not talking about consensual sex but, in some cases accusations of sexual assault, torn clothing, and at least three victims who say he bit their lips as a disarming move and to get them to remain silent. In short, Bill Clinton has a Bill Cosby problem.
Eileen Wellstone, 19-year-old English woman said Clinton sexually assaulted her after she met him at a pub near the Oxford where Clinton was a student in 1969. In fact Clinton was expelled from Oxford and earned no degree there.
Juanita Broaddrick, a volunteer in Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign, said he raped her in 1978. Mrs. Broaddrick suffered a bruised and torn lip, which she said she suffered when Clinton bit her during the rape. Broaddrick gave a stunning interview to NBC’s Lisa Myers about the assault.
Carolyn Moffet, a legal secretary in Little Rock in 1979, said she met Governor Clinton at a political fundraiser and was invited to his hotel room. “When I went in, he was sitting on a couch, wearing only an undershirt. He pointed at his penis and told me to suck it. I told him I didn’t even do that for my boyfriend and he got mad, grabbed my head and shoved it into his lap. I pulled away from him and ran out of the room,” she said.
Elizabeth Ward Gracen, the Miss Arkansas who won the Miss America crown in 1982, told friends she was forced by Clinton to have sex with him shortly after she won her state title. Gracen later told an interviewer that sex with Clinton was consensual. Her roommate Judy Stokes has said the ex-Miss Arkansas told her she was raped after the incident.
Paula Corbin Jones, an Arkansas state worker, filed a sexual harassment case against Clinton after an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room where the then-governor exposed himself and demanded oral sex. Clinton settled the case with Jones with an $850,000 payment.
Sandra Allen James, a former Washington, DC, political fundraiser Clinton invited her to his hotel room during a political trip to the nation’s capital in 1991, pinned her against the wall and stuck his hand up her dress. She fled.
Christy Zercher, a flight attendant on Clinton’s leased campaign plane in 1992, says Presidential candidate Clinton exposed himself , grabbed her breasts and made explicit remarks about oral sex. Zercher said later in an interview that White House attorney Bruce Lindsey tried to pressure her into not going public about the assault.
Kathleen Willey, a White House volunteer, said that Clinton grabbed her, fondled her breast and pressed her hand against his genitals during an Oval Office meeting in November, 1993. Willey became a target for a Hillary directed smear campaign after she went public.
More important however is the evidence that Hillary had full knowledge of her husband’s activities and authorized and directed the use of heavy-handed private detectives to wage a intimidation campaign to terrorize Bill’s victims into silence.
In other words Hilary has violated women in her lust for power. Hillary Clinton raped Bill’s female victims psychologically as much as her husband did physically.  Will some of these women come forward to challenge Hilary Clinton over her husband’s actions and her role in their cover-up?
Women voters could be deeply offended by Hilary’s abuse of her fellow women. Herein lies her greatest vulnerability. As Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi wrote, “maybe, while Bill is off the hook, Hillary isn’t. The next two years will certainly tell us whether his long-ago activities are the shadow campaign issue for his wife.”

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