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Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Politics | 9 comments

Rand Paul suggests using Lewisky affair against Hillary Clinton


Many news stories are dancing around it, but the bottom line is that Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, considered by some pundits to be a major contender for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, is suggesting Republicans go after Hillary Clinton if she’s the Democratic nominee by making Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky a campaign issue.

He said it in a way to give himself wiggle room, but even a head of red cabbage on the shelf at Vons Grocery in Rancho Penasquitos could read his words and see what he’s suggesting. It’s raising the Bill Clinton’s affair with an intern 20 years ago and trying to use it as a political bludgeon.

The big question: is James Carville his campaign adviser?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Sunday that the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal should give Americans pause when it comes to evaluating the Clinton legacy — and, by extension, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s potential presidential campaign.

Paul’s wife, Kelley, made similar remarks in a Vogue profile last year, and her husband agreed with her Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Rand Paul said the scandal is about more than just infidelity and lying to the American people, but also as “predatory behavior” from the former president.

“One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office,” Paul said. “And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and it is predatory behavior.”

if you think that was just a slip of the tongue, he later said “sometimes it’s hard to separate” Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Using that standard — in all seriousness — then wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would be perfectly legitimate for Democrats to suggest Rand Paul is anti-Semitic due to the many charges over the years that the older Paul is either anti-Semitic or tone deaf in his ties to people who showed either hatred of Jews or denied the Holocaust? (Just START HERE and read through this list of stories.)

But, apart from that, Rand Paul’s comment will be seen by many as an insult to women – suggesting that a woman who served as Senator and then served as Secretary of State should be considered damaged goods for the Oval Office because her husband had an affair 20 years ago.

Paul is also giving a signal of the kind of campaign he’d likely run.

To many libertarians, he is a major hope: for once, they feel, they’ll get candidate who reflects the IDEAS of the libertarian-oriented wing of the Republican Party.

His comments suggest that instead once again Americans would see a politician who is supposedly a person of ideas morph into just one more hack politico who seems to be auditioning for talk radio host as he grabs onto and whatever he thinks can be used negatively about another candidate — because it’s much harder to get votes if you base your campaign on a battle of i-d-e-a-s.

Charles Johnson puts it this way:

The recent Republican National Committee meeting got all the conservative politicians fired up about proving they’re not conducting a war on women’s rights, so they promptly went out to the media and shot themselves in the foot, over and over, proving beyond all doubt that they’re still living in the Stone Age.

The latest Republican to beclown himself: Rand Paul, who went on Meet the Press today and announced that he thinks a good way to attack Hillary Clinton would be to bring up her husband’s infidelity from 20 years ago.

Libertarians who were saying Paul would be a forward looking candidate if he ran must be quite embarrassed right now.

P.S. Will talking about how the Clintons “killed” Vince Foster be far behind?

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  • cjjack

    I’ve always felt that Rand Paul was a bit out of his depth, but he’s got a reservoir of stupid if he thinks going after Hillary on this topic is a good idea.

  • ordinarysparrow

    It is said ignorance is bliss… one would think these GOP guys would be completely blissed out by now…and they do not even look happy….

  • bluebelle

    So, if we are going after politicians based on guilt by association, should we go after Senator Paul because his teenage son was arrested for being drunk and disorderly?
    Really lame to bring up this 16 year old scandal. Paul needs to remember that Clinton’a popularity rebounded back in ’98 partially because most Americans thought that the GOP had overreached on Monica

  • sheknows

    Exactly..once again bluebelle you hit it on the head. LOL, perhaps we should go after Paul for being a “bad father”..allowing his minor son to drink and get all rowdy. Besides, Hillary was exemplary. She forgave him, “stood by her man” and saved a long time marriage. Certainly not an easy task considering the amount of hurt and humiliation. She has been commended..and he is finding fault?
    The word jerk comes to mind.

  • JSpencer

    Good grief, if Paul’s intent is to look foolish he’s doing a bang up job. (again)

  • rudi

    Run, Rand, run.
    If a Hillary/Paul ticket happens in 2016, it will be a repeat of 1964. Father Knows Best was 1950’s over 60 years ago…

  • StockBoyLA

    I thought Republicans believed that no matter what their man does, the wife should stand by him.

  • roro80

    StockBoy, you misunderstood. She should stand by him because it’s mostly her fault. So it’s really like he’s standing by her.

  • roro80

    I actually do think that what Bill did was more than just cheating, and was at the very best super creepy and extraordinarily stupid, at worst predatory. I quite honestly think that if he could have kept it in his pants, that whole nightmare where Shrub was president quite likely would not have happened. I still think he was an overall excellent president, and I don’t think there’s any world where it was impeachable, but yeah, this was a huge misstep. He had too much riding on him to make such a mistake.

    But it’s beyond the pale to blame HRC for Bill’s cheating.

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