Paula Jones reappeared on the very day a woman asked Hillary about Bill’s alleged sexual victims. It’s the ’90s again—but with a difference.
These things have all been masticated a thousand-million times. Bill Clinton denies all three allegations. With Jones, he settled a civil suit for $850,000, admitting no guilt. She didn’t help her case back then by attaching herself to conservative movement lawyers and organizations and letting her suit become the vehicle for what was undeniably a conspiracy—perhaps not vast, as Hillary famously charged on the Today show in 1998, but certainly right-wing—to lay Clinton low by any means necessary. With respect to Willey, she changed her storyand was ultimately regarded by the independent counsel that was sniffing Clinton’s bedsheets as an unrealiable witness (PDF). Broaddrick’s charge is obviously the most serious, but inconsistencies have been noted here, too, and it’s now almost 40 years old.
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Willey and Broaddrick haven’t been that vocal recently. For her part, Jones says… well, lots of stuff: Hillary “needs to do a public apology or something or other (for) all the women who have come out and said publicly what her husband did to them. Yes, she does. I believe she does”; Hillary is “such a liar. And she’s so two-faced. I never once was contacted by her. Not one time and apologized about what her husband did to me”; “I don’t see how women would even be able to trust her if the man who is her husband who has abused and harassed and did other things to women and she knew about it.”
If Jones had more savvy, she’d have planned her reemergence a lot more cleverly than she did. Instead of going to conservative talk radio, she’d have tried NPR or something. Maybe NPR wouldn’t touch it, but someplace more mainstream, and she’d have said something like: Yes, I regret that I let my case get hijacked by people with other agendas; that was wrong, but they were the only ones listening to me at the time. If her goal is actually to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House, she needs to move the needle, get people to take her seriously who didn’t then, and she sure didn’t accomplish that.
But Hillary Clinton still isn’t in the clear here. Back last September in Iowa, she said the words: “Today I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault. Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you”…