Hillary Clinton could have a big problem, sooner than she thinks–and it’s not Benghazi.
In October of 2014, a semi-famous comedian named Hannibal Buress tossed out a terse refutation of the moralizing of “America’s Dad,” Bill Cosby. Fifteen words on Youtube changed the entertainment world:
“Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
Within a week, everyone was aware of sexual assault accusations that had quietly dogged Cosby for years. Despite multiple accusations, there had been no consequences to any of it.
Last week, after more than a year of becoming increasingly toxic, Bill Cosby was charged with a sexual assault from 2004–and it doesn’t look like he’s getting away with it this time. The world is no longer a welcoming place for boys-will-be-boys womanizing and the magic of Spanish Fly. There is a limit to how high bad behavior can be piled these days before it falls over and destroys everything it touches. Cosby is caught in the intersection of cultural change and overindulgence.
Hillary should live in fear that somewhere out there might be a Hannibal Buress whose trivial throw-away line will catch some young college feminist’s attention long enough for her to actually Google something like “Bill Clinton sex accusations.”
And then all bets are off.
College students in particular have become hypersensitized to even potential sexual abuse. Mere words are now “triggering”. A man sitting with his legs apart in a public place (“manspreading”) is considered threatening. Even a statue of a man on the campus of a women’s college is invasive. So when somebody notices that Juanita Broaddrick claimed that Bill Clinton, while Arkansas Attorney General, raped her, bit her lip, and said, “You better put some ice on that” as he put on his sunglasses and glided out of her room and into his magnificent future—well, there might be a few repercussions. Especially since she has recently emerged from obscurity to talk about it.
In fact, quite a few of “Bill’s women” are reportedly planning to come forward as the campaign season unfurls, and if their stories are interesting enough and compelling enough, it is just possible that the campaign might also unravel.
The mealy-mouthed platitudes of the Clintons about empowering women and standing for equal rights and equal pay kind of fade into the background when new ears hear the actual known lie, “I did not have sex with that woman–Miss Lewinsky” and new eyes see the long, long list of women who have, over the years, accused Bill Clinton of boorish, caddish, and occasionally criminal behavior.
Hillary has recently tried to make points with women by claiming that women who say they are victims of sexual assault have “the right to be heard” and “the right to be believed.”
She might live to regret that, considering that she was one of the main public dis-believers of the women who accused her husband, and didn’t seem at all interested in their “right to be heard” at the time.
There’s only one answer.
Hillary Clinton has to have a feminist epiphany and realize the sins of her past.
She has to admit that her husband is guilty of some of the worst husband behavior possible, and some of it might have been criminal. She has to say that now she realizes what a controlling, abusive monster he is, screw her courage to the sticking point, call a press conference and drop the bomb.
Hillary Clinton has to demand a divorce.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I approve of neither Hillary Clinton nor divorce. I know the conventional wisdom currently holds that Bill Clinton is the Svengali that can bring home the nomination for Hillary. But my gut says that when young women raised to believe that “no means no” and to demand their dates sign “kissing contracts” hear some of the overtly non-consensual sex Bill Clinton is alleged to have had, the Bernie Sanders presidency will start looking pretty good to them.
The only way to stop the ship from sinking will be to throw Bill overboard.
Only then can her behavior become that of the coerced and trapped victim, instead of the enabling anti-woman monster. Only then can this generation of feminists make sense of her decades of loyalty to a man that, as the story unspools, will become more and more “creepy old pervert” by the day. No matter what the ladies of The View may think, this generation of women isn’t hot for ancient womanizers just because they are big fans of abortion.
Leaving Bill would make her a hero. She would be lionized, even by the celebrities who now love him. Bill is getting old, and if he were disconnected from the levers of power, they would abandon him to obscurity in a heartbeat. Hillary would be running not just as the first woman president, but the first empowered woman to seek political office. Democrats would drop all opposition to her, and any attacks on her would be seen as bullying a survivor.
Such a campaign would enable her to erase all her other sins. The “New Hillary” would be strong, powerful—better; every past mistake would be buried by the power of the new.
It’s her best chance. Otherwise, she’s just a sad stand-by-him wife, cheated on and beaten down.
As Trump would say, “that’s a loser.”