David Limbaugh
People suffer all sorts of indignities, but few things are more difficult to take than being falsely accused of misconduct. It is difficult to defend yourself both because it hard to prove a negative and, if you defend yourself strenuously, you risk appearing guilty for protesting too much.

Do you remember Bill Clinton's vicious savaging of special prosecutor Ken Starr and how his goon squad twisted every negative revelation against Clinton into a sin of Starr's? They distorted the Starr Report from a meticulously documented record of a president's perjury and obstruction of justice into a pornographic novel penned by a voyeuristic Ken Starr.

But painting the prudish Starr as a pervert wasn't the worst thing they did. While publicly smearing him they also initiated no fewer than seven formal complaints (or appeals) against him in the six weeks following Clinton's denial of sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. Most of those complaints were based on false charges that Starr had criminally leaked secret grand jury information.

Though Starr would eventually be exonerated on all counts, he would never fully dispel the taint on his previously stellar reputation. About the best he could do to counter the nonstop Clinton slander machine was to point out that his accusers had launched an "avalanche of lies" against him.

Surely one of the most difficult experiences Starr had to endure was to be publicly accused of these leaks -- by the very people most likely responsible for them -- during the nationally televised impeachment hearings. Though the court had already cleared Starr of the charges, he was prevented from shouting that out to the world in his own defense because the order clearing him was under seal. Adding insult to injury, his accusers were privy to that order yet persisted with their claims.

Now, fast forward to the present, and put yourself in the shoes of President Bush, who has been falsely accused of infinitely worse sins, the worst being that he lied about Iraqi WMD to lead us into war against Iraq. Just like the Clinton attack dogs, those responsible for leveling the charges against Bush were the ones who were lying -- and for the same basic reason: to divert attention from their own missteps.


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert in law and politics and author of new book Crimes Against Liberty, the definitive chronicle of Barack Obama's devastating term in office so far.

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