It only took 20 years, but somebody from the left finally called out Bill Clinton for being a womanizing, philandering, sexual predator. In an interview with Salon super-feminist Camille Paglia not only slammed the former president for his extra-marital affairs and sexual assaults, but also compared him to the Quaalude-king of rape Bill Cosby.
Salon: The banner on the Drudge Report this morning is that Kathleen Willey is starting a site to collect harassment claims against Bill Clinton. New York magazine, meanwhile, has the stories of 35 women who say they were raped or assaulted by Bill Cosby. I wonder if you see a connection between the two stories: Would Bill Clinton’s exploits be viewed more like Cosby’s if he was in the White House now, instead of in the 1990s?
Paglia: Right from the start, when the Bill Cosby scandal surfaced, I knew it was not going to bode well for Hillary’s campaign, because young women today have a much lower threshold for tolerance of these matters. The horrible truth is that the feminist establishment in the U.S., led by Gloria Steinem, did in fact apply a double standard to Bill Clinton’s behavior because he was a Democrat. The Democratic president and administration supported abortion rights, and therefore it didn’t matter what his personal behavior was.
But we’re living in a different time right now, and young women have absolutely no memory of Bill Clinton. It’s like ancient history for them; there’s no reservoir of accumulated good will. And the actual facts of the matter are that Bill Clinton was a serial abuser of working-class women–he had exploited that power differential even in Arkansas. And then in the case of Monica Lewinsky–I mean, the failure on the part of Gloria Steinem and company to protect her was an absolute disgrace in feminist history! What bigger power differential could there be than between the president of the United States and this poor innocent girl? Not only an intern but clearly a girl who had a kind of pleading, open look to her–somebody who was looking for a father figure.
Wow, she even gives liberals crap for letting Bad Billy have a free pass on sexual assault because he is a democrat.
Salon: A cigar and the intern is certainly the opposite of sophisticated.
Paglia: Absolutely! It was frat house stuff! And Monica got nothing out of it. Bill Clinton used her. Hillary was away or inattentive, and he used Monica in the White House–and in the suite of the Oval Office, of all places. He couldn’t have taken her on some fancy trip? She never got the perks of being a mistress; she was there solely to service him. And her life was completely destroyed by the publicity that followed. The Clinton’s are responsible for the destruction of Monica Lewinsky! They probably hoped that she would just go on and have a job, get married, have children, and disappear, but instead she’s like this walking ghoul.
Paglia also points a finger at Hillary Clinton for her role in husband Bill’s affairs:
Hillary has a lot to answer for, because she took an antagonistic and demeaning position toward her husband’s accusers. So it’s hard for me to understand how the generation of Lena Dunham would or could tolerate the actual facts of Hillary’s history.
And finally the big pay off:
So I say there is a big parallel between Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton–aside from their initials! Young feminists need to understand that this abusive behavior by powerful men signifies their sense that female power is much bigger than they are! These two people, Clinton and Cosby, are emotionally infantile–they’re engaged in a war with female power. It has something to do with their early sense of being smothered by female power–and this pathetic, abusive and criminal behavior is the result of their sense of inadequacy.
Clinton and Cosby also have something else in common: neither of them are members of the GOP. Yet somehow Republicans are the ones at war with women. I ask you, which is worse: thinking it’s horrible to kill a 6-month old unborn baby or forcing yourself sexually on a woman?
The truth is, Bill Clinton has a frightening history of exposing himself to women, groping women, and cheating on his marital vows. As Hillary pursues her dreams of the White House, eventually she’s going to have to explain why she claims to represent women but doesn’t give a sh*t what her scumbag husband does to them. She can’t claim to be the women’s champion when she’d married to an unrepentant sexual predator.