Tony Blankley

Making the dangerous assumption that she is honestly recounting this detail in her book, one reaches the bizarre conclusion that even under attorney/client privilege, she lied to her lawyer about her trust in her husband's honesty. After all, her statement is about as plausible as saying Adolph Hitler may have had his faults, but he always loved and admired Jewish people. "Bill Clinton never lied to me" is one of those statements that polygraph operators could use as a benchmark of a certain lie. The only other explanation for such a statement is imbecility. While Miss Hillary is hardly as smart as her publicity agents have loudly proclaimed, she is clearly no imbecile. It is always a mistake for politicians to brag about their big brains. When cornered, they have no out. Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan and W. Bush wisely left their intelligence in doubt. Thus Reagan was permitted to sleep through the Iran-Contra scandal, Eisenhower was given a pass when he said meaningless things at press conferences. Bush holds in reserve a get-out-of-jail-free card. But the Clintons -- self-proclaimed geniuses -- have no defense against the charge of cunning mendacity. So, who's the fool?

But here's a tip when assessing the meaning in Clinton statements: Not only do they lie for expedient purposes, even when they tell the truth, it is not for the truth of the matter stated. They are equally calculating whether lying or telling the truth. For instance, in the Barbara Walters free media publicity event, Miss Hillary seemed to boldly differ with her husband on the matter of amending the Constitution to permit a third presidential term. For 24 hours cable news shows were clucking about her stepping out on her own and breaking with her husband -- the only human on the planet in the last half century who has mentioned changing the 22nd Amendment to provide for a third presidential term. First of all, Mr. Bill didn't say it as a serious matter (he knows it is a political impossibility), but because he needed a publicity fix. And Miss Hillary didn't publicly disagree with him because she disagreed with him -- but because she wanted to be seen to be publicly disagreeing with him. She thinks it's good for her hideous image. And, after all, this is the rare issue that no voters or Democratic party interests care about. It's a freebie.

This book is just one more round in the game of three-card monte that the Clintons have been successfully playing in this town for the last dozen years. You can't really blame them for fleecing such willing suckers who give them the power and money for which they have always yearned. Of course, as St. Thomas More said, if honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable. The Clintons, however, rationalize their disreputable behavior by claiming, in Mr. Bill's phrase, that "character is a journey, not a destination." Apparently, both Clintons are taking that journey on a Streetcar Named Desire.

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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