View From The Quagmire
By Linda A. Prussen-Razzano
Featured Rightgrrl April 1999
August 8, 1999
In the dirty world of politics, proof is everything. Despite credible and repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by the President (including rape), Clinton's supporters handily dismissed these allegations because there was no "hard evidence" - no conclusive proof. Even in instances where proof does exist (the Flowers tapes, for example), the Clinton Spin Regime mercilessly churned through the reputations of anyone who dared portray the President in an unflattering light.
Flowers, Browning, and Jones were all money-grabbing sluts. Gracen was a tryst. Monica was a stalker. Willey was a nut. Broderick was a liar.
But those who know Clinton recognize that the pattern of abusing women began long before he held a position of power. Eileen Wellstone, for example, was an English student at Oxford. What was Clinton then? Simply another student, of no political importance; he wasn't even a citizen of her country. Was she a money-grabbing, lying, stalking, nut/slut, too, when she filed a report with the campus police claiming Clinton had raped her, almost three decades before he became President?
For those who constantly demand hard proof, these allegations, as well, are easily overlooked.
Linda Tripp knew this. Linda Tripp understood this. The White House had already begun shredding her reputation on national television, pronouncing her a liar because she gave condemning testimony in the Travel Gate investigation.
If Linda Tripp really wanted to "betray" her friend, as her critics claim, she would have begun taping Monica's conversations shortly after their friendship developed. In reality, Linda didn't begin taping their conversations until after the White House launched its assault.
Moreover, if her original intent was to "betray" Monica, she wouldn't have cautioned Monica to retain the infamous stained dress. Linda recognized that Monica's penchant for discussing her sexual liaisons with the President was dangerous. Only one brief glance at how the White House treated all of Clinton's other women was necessary to portend unpleasantness for the intern.
In the end, the dress saved Monica. It proved she was the President's paramour, not the "stalker" who "made sexual demands on the President." We now know, thanks to the courage of ultra-liberal reporter Christopher Hitchins, that Clinton, himself, started these slanderous lies and his willing lapdog, Sidney Blumenthal, repeated them to the national press.
In the end, the tapes saved Linda. They are her proof that the President is a deceitful, contemptuous cad who would destroy anyone to save his political hide, even someone whom he claimed to "care" for.
Those who are rejoicing over Linda's indictment may find their moment of retribution ending very shortly. Her testimony was given under a grant of immunity, and any evidence obtained during that immunity cannot be used against her. As any Constitutional scholar will attest, the Grand Jury testimony cannot be used in prosecuting her case because it will violate her 5th Amendment Rights against self-incrimination. The District Attorney's office will look like incompetent, politically motivated hacks if they attempt to bring this to trial.
Still, some Tripp supporters actually hoping the trial moves forward. We can expect to see the same cast of characters taking the stand, once again, as hostile witnesses for the defense. Perhaps Linda can call on some of the women who have suffered under Clinton's propaganda machine, such as Willey, Broderick, Gracen, and Jones, so that the stench of Clinton's depravity permeates the courtroom and creates a noxious cloud around Al's Presidential bid and Hillary's Senate run.
As the Clintons attempt to "move on," and Gore tries to "re-introduce" himself to the American people, they may find themselves pulled back into the quagmire of their own making.
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