Bill Clinton: Godfather of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore
Not many years separate sexual predators Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and Bill Clinton, but it was the activities of the former POTUS that justified -- symbolically and metaphorically -- the despicable behavior of the other two, not to mention an escalating number of repellent individuals from entertainment to politics and beyond.
President Clinton established an atmosphere of permissiveness in this country that allowed many things to slip by -- straight and gay -- without criticism, essentially changing our culture.
The Democratic Party -- with the notable exception of Joe Lieberman -- gave Clinton a pass for having sexual relations with a 22-year-old intern in the Oval Office and in so doing gave a subliminal message to America. If you had the right politics, if you were sufficiently "progressive" (whatever that means), everything was okay, especially if you were "cool," played the sax, and wore shades.
Well, you might lose the right to practice law in Arkansas, but who needs that? When it comes to separating the public from the private, we could out-French the French. How sophisticated could you get!
Not very, as we now know, unless you consider masturbating in a flower pot the height of sophistication. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton's, shall we say, lifestyle was essentially encouraged (enabled is insufficient) by his ambitious wife Hillary, the putative feminist, the same woman who was going to "break the glass ceiling" on the presidency. She attacked his accusers as liars even as she blamed her husband's serial adulteries and even rape allegations on the "vast right-wing conspiracy." Can you imagine Golda Meir or Margaret Tatcher, women who really did break that ceiling, having so little self-respect that they would put up with behavior like Bill's even for a second?
That all this could have been overlooked by the hundreds of thousands of women who signed up for Facebook's "Pantsuit Nation" in support of Hillary or later marched in the streets with those absurd hats is close to a mass cognitive disorder. They turned feminism into farce, disrespecting, most of all, women.
Now I don't mean Weinstein or Moore or Kevin Spacey or Louis C.K. or... or... would not have done what they did if Bill was never born. I'm just saying the climate was set. Entitlement was in the air.
The New York Times, apparently, is finally waking up to this reality for which that paper has significant culpability. In an oped entitled "I Believe Juanita" -- Broaddrick, obviously -- Michelle Goldberg wrote:
Yet despite the right’s evident bad faith [in trying to distract from Moore], I agree with [MSNBC host] Hayes. In this #MeToo moment, when we’re reassessing decades of male misbehavior and turning open secrets into exposes, we should look clearly at the credible evidence that Juanita Broaddrick told the truth when she accused Clinton of raping her.