WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 — In the 1990s President Bill Clinton was often referred to as “Slick Willie Clinton” for his uncanny ability to come through seemingly devastating events with nary a scratch. Apparently his wife is trying to do the same thing, so maybe we should refer to her as “Slick Hillie Clinton.”
Slick Willie earned his nickname based on his actions as far back as the early 1970s in Arkansas prior to winning the race for governor in 1978. There was the Whitewater scandal, in which both Bill and Hillary were involved. Although their partners were convicted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, there was insufficient evidence to convict the Clintons. The Clintons wiggled out of that one.
Bill Clinton’s pattern was always to avoid paying a price even when found guilty. There were potentially illegal actions concerning his draft status in the 1960s, but he wiggled out of those.
Then he was caught committing numerous counts of adultery. He was eventually forced to testify in front of Congress and was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. The Democrats in the Senate allowed him to stay in office. Slick Willie wiggled out of that one.
There is a pattern to the Clintons’ behavior. They first believe that they can operate under a different set of rules than the rest of us. When they do something wrong and it is brought to the public’s attention, they initially deny any wrongdoing. Then they try to drag out any inquiries for as long as possible. When the truth finally comes out, they admit it, but say it should be of no consequence since it’s really old news.
Slick Hillie may be using the same strategy now. As secretary of state, she decided to use a personal email account for both her government and personal business. All of the emails reached the internet and are stored on her personal server located in her home. She says that she has given about half of the emails to the State Department and the other half are all personal emails for her to keep private.
Since she determined what was personal and what was government business, it is difficult to know whether that is accurate. Having the State Department look at the emails would certainly have been more appropriate. She is trying to wiggle out of providing all her emails to the public. Is she hiding something?
Then there is the question of whether Slick Hillie signed the Separation Agreement that is required of all State Department employees when they leave their job. The State Department says it cannot be found but someone is looking for it, and Slick Hillie refuses to answer the question. This could be a serious problem, unless she can wiggle out of it.
If she did sign the agreement but did not turn over all of her emails two years ago, she has broken the law. If she did not sign the agreement, that too may be an unlawful act.
Maybe Slick Hillie is just following the typical Clinton pattern. She believes she can follow a different set of rules. Then she denies any wrongdoing. When the truth eventually comes out, she admits that her actions were an error in judgment. “It’s old news anyway,” she will say, “and it should be of no consequence now.”
While it is true that Bill Clinton did some very good things as president and his humanitarian actions both here and abroad since leaving the presidency are commendable, he was nonetheless able to wiggle his way out of every less than honorable action he took. He continues to be well-liked in spite of these actions.
Slick Hillie wants to be president. There is great appeal because she has a strong base, she has some relevant experience and the country seems ready to elect a woman president. But let’s be careful about electing the right woman and not one who will be less than truthful and less than transparent and then will wiggle her way out of it, leaving us scratching our heads as we wonder what is really truthful. After all, isn’t that what we have had for the last six years?