Bill Clinton has never treated women well, and when he was initially running for President, his wife Hillary allegedly ran a “war room” to crack down on so-called “bimbo eruptions.” This was the name given by her to the countless stories of infidelity and sexual assaults committed by Bill Clinton over the years.
The New York Times posted a story out about Hillary’s methods for dealing with Bill’s scandalous behavior with women. We lifted the key points.
GENNIFER FLOWERS BRANDED A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR
The Clintons denied Gennifer Flowers had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton but Gennifer Flowers released tapes of phone calls with Bill Clinton to back up her claim.
Mrs. Clinton was questioning campaign aides by phone and vowing to fight back on behalf of her husband, the New York Times reported.
“Who’s tracking down all the research on Gennifer?” she asked, according to a journalist traveling with her at the time.
Privately, the Times said she joined the campaign’s aggressive strategy of counterattack against the Bill women, making them targets of digging and discrediting. The campaign even hired a private investigator whose mission was to impugn Ms. Flowers’s “character and veracity until she is destroyed beyond all recognition.”
This pattern, they reported, was “repeated with other women”, and “disparaging accounts from ex-boyfriends, employers and others” were dug up and sent to the media.
Bill Clinton eventually admitted to the Flowers affair but by that time the investigator had enough on her to brand her a “bimbo” and a “pathological liar.”
TACIT CONSENT OR MOTIVATING FORCE
Interviews, internal campaign records and archives point to Hillary being the motivating force though others said it was tacit assent.
One of her supporters said her involvement was more about trying to find out if these women had illicit pasts and were lying.
Conservative groups were said to be focusing on the issue and Hillary saw it as more of a political crusade that demanded a stiff political response. Hillary called it the right-wing conspiracy and she had to fight back.
The Times wrote that Mrs. Clinton and her husband declined to be interviewed, and her campaign did not answer questions about her support of efforts to undermine the women. “The country closed the book on these matters close to 20 years ago, and there is nothing whatsoever new here,” her spokesman, Brian Fallon, said in a statement.
Her campaign also released statements from James Carville, Mr. Clinton’s top campaign strategist, and two lawyers who worked for Mr. Clinton, saying that Mrs. Clinton had not overseen the counterattacks.
“Those who took the lead in responding to those attacks at the time have plainly stated that Hillary Clinton did not direct their work,” Mr. Fallon said. Neutralizing the Whispers
Pollster Stanley Greenberg said she knew of the indiscretions.
“It was an uncomfortable meeting,” Mr. Greenberg said in an interview for an oral history of Mr. Clinton’s presidency conducted by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. “I remember Hillary saying that, ‘obviously, if I could say no to this question, we would say no, and therefore, there is an issue.’”
The Gennifer Flowers story broke before the New Hampshire primary. Bill and Hillary delivered an interview on “60 Minutes” in which Bill denied the affair though he was guilty of “causing pain in my marriage.”
The next day, played excerpts from her calls with Bill Clinton at a presser.
HILLARY WAS ANGRY WITH THE FEMALE VICTIM
Hillary reacted with anger, not at Bill, at Gennifer.
“It was a reaction of no surprise, but immediate anger and action,” said Ms. Sheehy, who also described her observations in a Vanity Fair article that year. “Not anger at Bill, but at Flowers, the press and Republicans.”
Back on a plane that night, Mrs. Clinton told Ms. Sheehy that if she were to question Ms. Flowers in front of a jury, “I would crucify her.”
Mrs. Clinton herself took aim at Ms. Flowers in a June 1992 appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” better remembered for Mr. Clinton’s saxophone playing. Mr. Hall asked Mrs. Clinton about Ms. Flowers: “You know what her problem is?”
“She’s got lots of problems,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Ms. Flowers denied the accusations about her, which included a suicide story, which she specifically said was “false and cruel.”
Mr. Clinton later admitted, during a deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, that he had sex with Ms. Flowers once.
DESTROY HER STORY
When a groupie named Connie Hamzy claimed Bill propositioned her, he said she made advances to him but Hillary wanted action.
“We have to destroy her story,” Hillary said, according to Mr. Stephanopoulos.
In what became a common tactic, affidavits were collected, from an aide and two others who stated that they were with Mr. Clinton at the hotel and that Ms. Hamzy’s story was false. (Contacted recently, Ms. Hamzy said she stood by her account.), the Times wrote.
When the work was done, both Clintons called Mr. Stephanopoulos, together, to offer their thanks.
In 1999, after the Monica Lewinsky scandal nearly brought down his presidency, Hillary said she thought Bill had gotten past these weaknesses. Bill’s problems were rooted in his childhood pressures.
And, in Mrs. Clinton’s eyes, her husband’s encounters with Ms. Lewinsky were “not sex within any real meaning,” she told Ms. Blair.
While Mrs. Clinton considered the Lewinsky affair a “personal lapse” by her husband, she gave him credit for trying to break it off and manage someone who was a “narcissistic loony toon,” according to Ms. Blair’s papers.
SO HAPPY DRIVING “ADVERSARIES TOTALLY NUTS”
Soon after, Mrs. Clinton expressed pleasure to her friend that she and her husband were able to drive “their adversaries totally nuts” because they did not appear to be suffering.
Ms. Blair wrote in that entry a direct quotation from Mrs. Clinton: “Most people in this town have no pain threshold.”