Then there’s Elizabeth Ward Gracen, a former Miss Arkansas and Miss America who claimed a one-night stand with the married governor. Mr. Kessler notes that Mr. Clinton was in a “position of executive authority” at the time of the Lewinsky and Gracen episodes, but concludes that it was, well, consensual.
On to the “unwanted” list, whose most famous name is Paula Jones, the Arkansas state employee who filed a sexual harassment suit alleging that Mr. Clinton exposed himself and propositioned her in a hotel room. In 1998, she settled for $850,000, “with no apology or admission of guilt,” Mr. Kessler notes.
A far more serious charge was made by nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick, who said in 1999 that Mr. Clinton raped her 21 years before. Mr. Clinton “flatly denied the claim,” no charges were filed, and “there were inconsistencies in her story.”
Finally, there is the sad tale of former White House volunteer aide Kathleen Willey, who, on the same day her husband died in an apparent suicide, was allegedly groped by Mr. Clinton in his office. Mr. Kessler notes that “her story,” part of which came out during depositions in the Paula Jones case, “changed over time.” Miss Willey, by the way, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in an interview that aired last Wednesday (Feb. 19) that Hillary orchestrated smear campaigns against her and other women linked to her husband and that “Hillary Clinton is the real war on women.”
Mr. Kessler concludes that since “no court of law ever found Mr. Clinton guilty of the accusations,” and that Sen. Paul reduced an initial claim that “dozens” of women had come forward to “half a dozen,” that “sexual predator” is an overly “serious charge to make.”
Legally speaking, he might be right, which means Bubba gets off on a technicality. But most Americans would not have a problem labeling a powerful politician who undeniably committed serial adultery with young women as a “sexual predator.”
Another tough task for liberals is having to defend double standards. Liberals routinely whack men who run afoul of the latest feminist dictates. But they give predatory politicians a pass if they deliver the Left’s agenda on abortion, gun control, pansexual activism, environmentalism and income redistribution.
One thing I’d like to ask Mr. Kessler, who still built quite a fire here, leaving it to us to light, is whether he came across any Arkansas state troopers in the course of his research. They might have some arresting insights.