October 22, 2003


The Affair of the Fifteen Women (J. Douglas Allen-Taylor, October 21, 2003, Berkeley Daily Planet)

As far as I can tell from the public record -- and the public record here is more extensive than one might desire -- Bill Clinton was never accused of putting his hands on a woman who did not so desire. Schwarzenegger was, and is. The difference is enormous. This does not mean that Clinton was not wrong. It merely means that Mr. Schwarzenegger -- if he did, indeed, do the things of which he stands accused -- was wronger.

Arnold's behavior towards those women was despicable and they should sue him or press charges. However, that's no reason to rewrite history. Kathleen Willey certainly described unwanted contact and Juanitta Broaddrick says Bill Clinton raped her, a charge which the Clintons never denied. Democrats having dismissed even rape as just cause for judging a political figure have left themselves in an at best awkward spot where Arnold is concerned.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2003 8:48 AM

The current talking points used by Democrats (and sympathetic reporters like Joel Klein) is that these women were for all intents and purposes sent into heat, ovaries a' churnin', merely by the presence of Bill Clinton in the room. I would love to hear Hillary voice this line if and when she decided to make her presidential bid.

Posted by: John at October 22, 2003 9:37 AM


When did that become a word?

Posted by: Sandy P. at October 22, 2003 10:34 AM

Sandy - When you write for the Daily Planet, you can speak an other-worldly tongue.

Posted by: pj at October 22, 2003 8:35 PM

I still look for the day when a reporter asks Hillary Clinton if Juanita Broadderick should have her day in court.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 23, 2003 4:54 PM