WASHINGTON, December 28, 2015 — “Stand By Your Man,” the 1968 country music hit by Tammy Wynette, was anything but popular among members of the nation’s growing feminist movement.
In 1971, under the headline “Songs of non-liberation,” Newsweek described the ballad as “a salve for the beleaguered housewife who grits her teeth as destiny dumps its slops on her head.”
When Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs while governor of Arkansas threatened to derail his 1993 run for the presidency, wife Hillary appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” to denounce the “outrageous, terrible stories” questioning Bill’s character.
Asked if she continued to stand by her husband, Hillary gave an unqualified “absolutely,” but strangely insisted, “I’m not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.”
Later, when Bill’s sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky became the topic of national discussion and its cover-up the subject of impeachment hearings and a Senate trial, Hillary again came to her husband’s defense.
Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman hoped to provide American feminists some justification for Hillary’s slavish devotion to a womanizing cad. “We are watching a lawyer with a client,” said Goodman of Hillary’s nuptial duties, “a wife at her job, a public show of strength. Monica Lewinsky may yet prove to be a ‘stalker’ with a fertile imagination. But if we are asked to pass judgment on a man who handles his public job but not his private life, Hillary will be his last, best shield.”
That sounds more like a mafia consigliere than someone who has vowed to “love and cherish,” with the reasonable expectation that her spouse will do likewise.
Goodman’s hope that Lewinsky would prove to be no more than a “stalker” died an ignoble death in the final hours of Bill’s presidency. Clinton signed a document for the U.S. Department of Justice admitting that he lied to federal investigators and in sworn testimony before a federal grand jury—both felonies—concerning his Oval Office affair.
The written admission spared the habitual liar having to face trial for perjury as the first adventure of his post-presidency, followed by hard time behind bars.
In the end, Hillary was Bill’s get-out-of-jail card—and his footstool.
So it comes as a surprise that Hillary finds GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s hilariously disrespectful verbal taunts as having “demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”
Hillary was, as Trump might say, psychologically “schlonged” by Bill far too many times in the past for her feminist protestations to be taken seriously today.
“I don’t respond to him personally,” she told the Des Moines Register of Trump, “because he thrives on that kind of exchange.”
Hillary’s 1993 claim to “60 Minutes” that she was not a “little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” elicited a response from none other than the bouffant-headed country singer.
“Mrs. Clinton … I believe you have offended every true country music fan and every person who has ‘made it on their own’ with no one to take them to a White House,” said Wynette in a statement to the press.
As with Trump today, Hillary had no direct response to Wynette. “Mrs. Clinton rolled her eyes and slapped her forehead when told of Wynette’s reaction,” said the Associated Press.
And that should be the public’s response to Hillary’s phony feminist outrage.