What's annoying about these lies is that Hillary portrays herself as a victim. She not only is not a victim, she is a co-conspirator. She has known longer than any of us about Bill's proclivities -- period. No reasonable person can contend otherwise. And while some might argue she has a right not to volunteer that "private" information, does she also have a right to bring up the subject herself and then lie about it solely to promote his and her political ambitions?
While Hillary and Bill are distasteful to many of us on the right, we don't have nearly the problem with them that Democrats do, on several fronts. First, Bill will simply not get off the stage. (His inability to abide by the unwritten rules of deportment for former presidents regarding criticism of the sitting president is objectionable to conservatives -- and ought to be to fair-minded liberals.)
But when his addiction to the spotlight leads him to release his memoirs in 2004 at the very time Democratic presidential candidates are vying for the public's attention, he becomes the Democrats' problem. And they recognize it, and some have said so publicly.
The same goes for Hillary, who is Bill's equal when it comes to putting personal interests above those of their party and nation. My belief is that they will do whatever they deem necessary to achieve their mutual goal of restoring the Clinton presidency -- a goal so strong as to provide cohesiveness to a marriage of expedience that would otherwise have ended long ago. That means doing everything they can to situate Hillary for a 2008 run -- including gleefully sending to sacrificial slaughter whichever Democrat can capture the nomination -- both of them realizing that she would have no prayer to beat Bush in 2004.
Those are just a few of the reasons I regard the Clintons as a bigger long-term problem for Democrats than Republicans. You see, I still don't think she can ever win the presidency, because too many people realize that she, just like her husband, does not possess the requisite character for the highest office in the land. And post-9-11, at least, that matters again.