The ghost of Clinton administrations past and future: Sidney Blumenthal - sleazy, but not indictable
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 — Sidney Blumenthal is, as Jonah Goldberg put it, “a malevolent lugubrious political mercenary.”
A journalist by trade, Blumenthal naturally migrated to politics, where he served as President Bill Clinton’s trusted hatchet man. The former scribbler for the New Yorker once wrote that “humiliating one’s prey, not merely defeating one’s foe, is central to the process.”
The late British journalist Christopher Hitchens, a staunch man of the left, took exception to the creepy Clinton “politics of personal destruction” in a very public way in the late 1990s. That’s when Hitchens told NBC’s “Meet the Press” and a federal grand jury that Blumenthal approached him in the early stages of the Monica Lewinsky scandal to insist that the former White House intern “was a stalker.”
Blumenthal’s talking points even managed to filter down to that great defender of American feminism, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
“Like the Glenn Close character in ‘Fatal Attraction,’” wrote Dowd, “Lewinsky issued a chilling ultimatum to the man who jilted her: I will not be ignored … Lewinsky has at least one special talent: She is relentless. It was the quality that got her noticed by Clinton, and it is the quality that will prevent him from ever escaping her.”
Dowd’s stalker allusion is almost subtle by Blumenthal’s standards.
Hitchens also told “NBC News” that Blumenthal had “unpleasant things to say about poor Kathleen Willey.” In 1993, Willey met with Bill Clinton to see about getting a job. She and her husband, Edward E. Willey Jr., were Clinton loyalists and in deep financial trouble.
Kathleen hoped the president would give her a high-paying White House position to help two political allies.
Instead, according to Willey, Clinton escorted her to a room adjacent to the Oval Office, where he kissed and groped her.
“Blumenthal would have America believe it was a coincidence that the press suddenly had … private information about my past. It must also have been a miracle that the exact words the president used to smear Monica Lewinsky to Blumenthal were also all over the news,” wrote Willey in her book “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
Recently discovered emails between then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Blumenthal show his continued close bond to the Clintons.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Blumenthal “was on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation at the same time he was being paid by groups helping Mrs. Clinton’s presidential run, at the same time he was advising a U.S. business seeking Libyan contracts, at the same time he was secretly advising Secretary of State Clinton about Libya. Every top American diplomat apparently needs a good man Friday who no one else knows about.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi attack, dropped a subpoena on Blumenthal in an effort to discover what role he may have played in the Benghazi cover-up.
For its part, the New York Times says Blumenthal and several business partners were downright giddy at the prospect of profiting financially from the misery in Libya by building “floating hospitals to treat the country’s war wounded.” Since it is unlikely the dysfunctional Libyan government established by the Obama administration and its NATO allies could afford such an endeavor, it’s more likely U.S. taxpayers would have been tapped to bankroll Blumenthal’s floating hospital scam.
The irony to all this is, as the New York Times observed, that Blumenthal was “barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama.”
Like the women targeted by Blumenthal’s smear machine, Obama found himself a victim of a Clinton press corps whisper campaign during the Democratic primaries of 2008.
“Almost every day over the past six months, I have been the recipient of an email that attacks Obama’s character, political views, electability, and real or manufactured associations,” wrote Peter Dreier in the Huffington Post. “But they aren’t being emailed out from some fringe right-wing group that somehow managed to get my email address. Instead, it is Sidney Blumenthal who, on a regular basis, methodically dispatches these email mudballs to an influential list of opinion shapers – including journalists, former Clinton administration officials, academics, policy entrepreneurs, and think tankers – in what is an obvious attempt to create an echo chamber that reverberates among talk shows, columnists, and Democratic Party funders and activists. One of the recipients of the Blumenthal email blast, himself a Clinton supporter, forwards the material to me and perhaps to others.”
It’s no secret that the Democratic Party’s hard left are unhappy at the prospect of a money-grubbing multimillionaire snagging the presidential nomination after America’s eight-year collectivist realignment by Obama.
The nationalization of health care, they believe, is just the beginning.
The Clintons, you see, are not community organizers. These grifters use politics for power and profit. And so, potent forces within the Democratic Party don’t see Hillary as a viable worrior against the evils of “income inequality.”
Obama has meticulously laid the groundwork for a new America of little or no economic growth. His executive amnesty is designed to overwhelm an overtaxed social safety net by encouraging Central America’s poor and unskilled populations to flood across our southern border, nurturing future demand for a populist strongman to feed the dependent masses of our debt-ridden banana republic, a la Hugo Chavez.
Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are soft-headed Muppets compared to what will come.
Sorry, dear reader, but I buried the lead.
The Blumenthal saga is not so much a narrative detailing a Clinton operative’s slimy efforts to contain his master’s “bimbo eruptions” or use his close relationship with the master’s wife for personal profit.
The real story is that an individual or group has out Blumenthalled Blumenthal.
What the Huffington Post’s Peter Dreier once said of Blumenthal can be applied to a new and mysterious cabal that questions the electability of candidates and emails “mudballs to an influential list of opinion shapers – including journalists.”
This cabal tells Republican voters that conservative candidates like Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are too extreme to get elected. They insist that Jeb Bush, who was for his brother’s Iraq war before he was against it, who supports the federal takeover of education through Common Core, and who says repeal of Obamacare is impossible without a Republicare plan to replace it, is the best hope for the GOP’s presidential prospects in 2016.
And through “academics, policy entrepreneurs, and think tankers – in what is an obvious attempt to create an echo chamber that reverberates among talk shows, columnists, and Democratic Party funders and activists,” the cabal insits that lowering all boats through income redistribution is, as Obama himself said, “the defining challenge of our time.”
Hillary thought she could escape the influence of the cabal by avoiding the press altogether.
“The vast majority of people who have asked Clinton questions in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada were part of a pre-selected group who sat with her around a roundtable. That’s not exactly like hosting a town hall event in which none of the questions are pre-screened,” said the scolds at the Washington Post.
That same standard did not apply to Obama when he answered pre-screened questions, by pre-selected groups, at phony town hall events concerning his dictatorial health care monstrosity.
Nor did the press, the Washington Post included, hold him accountable for his bold-faced lie, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”
That’s because, as Sidney Blumenthal said, the left believes that “humiliating one’s prey, not merely defeating one’s foe, is central to the process.”Click here for reuse options!
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