Emmett Tyrrell

When she and Bill absconded from the White House, they brought down more toxic denunciations on themselves than any politician in recent years with the possible exception of Richard Nixon. Though Nixon was for the most part denounced only by Democrats. The Clintons' denunciations were bipartisan, though those from fellow Democrats were most damning. I am speaking of Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, William M. Daley, Barney Frank, and -- not to be forgotten -- former President Jimmy Carter. Screamed Jimmy, "disgraceful." Solemnized the New York Observer, Bill Clinton "was, in fact, an untrustworthy lowlife. ... " and, as for Hillary, the junior senator then entering the Senate: "It is clear now that we [New Yorkers] have made a terrible mistake, for Hillary Rodham Clinton is unfit for elective office. Had she any shame she would resign." As I say, I doubt Nixon at the height of Watergate braved similar opprobrium, certainly not from his own party.

If you doubt me, Google the aforementioned names in February of 2013 immediately after the Clintons left office and as Hillary was assuming her seat in the Senate. Senator Rand Paul in particular might benefit from reading what Democrats have said of Hillary and Bill. The senator's recent remarks about Hillary and Bill had only to do with their behavior during the Monica Lewinsky affair. There is much more incriminating evidence on the public record ensnaring the Clintons and next week I shall elaborate on Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and others had sought increased security personnel for months but actually got only a steady decrease in armed guards. The Secretary of State at the time was Hillary. The same Hillary who chided candidate Obama in 2008 for what he might do if an emergency struck the White House in the wee hours of the morn and he was president. Now it is a matter of fact that when an emergency struck, both Hillary and Barack did nothing and Ambassador Stevens and three brave men perished.

My answer to Romney's advice offered on "Meet the Press" Sunday is that everyone running for high office has a past that is relevant to the present. Hillary's past is, if the press does its job, inescapable.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
TOWNHALL DAILY: Be the first to read Emmett Tyrrell's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.
©Creators Syndicate