When Winning is Everything

by lizard

I had a brief exchange with larry kurtz on Twitter about Hillary Clinton running for president. When I expressed that pro-Hillary Dems confound me, he gave me a little nugget of Democrat wisdom: it’s about who can win, liz: thought you knew that.

When winning is everything, the end justifies the means. Hillary Clinton probably understands that better than most, considering she chose to advance her legal career by putting a 12 year old rape victim through hell more than 30 years ago in order to get her child rapist client a lenient sentence. This piece from The Daily Beast features the now 52 year old woman talking about her experience after audio tapes of Hillary Clinton talking about the case emerged, exposing that Clinton knew her client was guilty. The means Clinton used to get her client a light sentence also included deceitful victim blaming:

The victim’s allegation that Clinton smeared her following her rape is based on a May 1975 court affidavit written by Clinton on behalf of Thomas Alfred Taylor, one of the two alleged attackers, whom Clinton agreed to defend after being asked by the prosecutor. Taylor had specifically requested a female attorney.

“I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing,” Clinton, then named Hillary D. Rodham, wrote in the affidavit. “I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body. Also that she exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.”

Clinton also wrote that a child psychologist told her that children in early adolescence “tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences,” especially when they come from “disorganized families, such as the complainant.”

The victim vigorously denied Clinton’s accusations and said there has never been any explanation of what Clinton was referring to in that affidavit. She claims she never accused anyone of attacking her before her rape.

“I’ve never said that about anyone. I don’t know why she said that. I have never made false allegations. I know she was lying,” she said. “I definitely didn’t see older men. I don’t know why Hillary put that in there and it makes me plumb mad.”

When an old, white male Montana judge engages in victim blaming people are rightfully outraged. How will Democrats process this news that their best shot at electoral victory in 2016 utilized victim blaming as a tactic to defend a child rapist?

And it gets worse. The audio tapes:

The victim’s second main grievance with Clinton stems from the newly revealed audio recordings, which were taped in a series of interviews of Clinton with Arkansas reporter Roy Reed, who was researching an article on the Clintons that was ultimately never published. The Free Beacon found the tapes archived at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, amidst thousands of pieces of Clinton history that are being periodically released for public consumption.

On the tapes, Clinton, who speaks in a Southern drawl, appears to acknowledge that she was aware of her client’s guilt, brags about successfully getting the only piece of physical evidence thrown out of court, and laughs about it all whimsically.

“He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” Clinton says on the recording, failing to hold back some chuckles.

Pretty funny, like Gaddafi being executed by Libyan rebels.

I have long thought the Clintons are sociopaths willing to do anything to achieve power, wealth and fame. Bill Clinton sold the soul of the Democrat Party to satiate his appetites. It remains to be seen what horrific means Hillary Clinton will deploy to become America’s first female president.

I guess for a lot of people having a president with the letter “D” next to their name and a vagina below the belt is more important than addressing the destructive trends of our plutocracy’s crony capitalist system.

  1. Eric

    It truly surprises me that the Dems have no better prospects than Hillary.

    • larry kurtz

      It hardly surprises me that the earth hater party no candidates at all, especially in Montana: Zinke is a killer, Daines is slime.

  2. evdebs

    The “Free Beacon” is an extremist right wing web site and lobbyist front pretending to be a news organization.

    They savaged Red Lodge writer Beau Hodai after he exposed the machinations of the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying organization pretending to be a “social welfare” organization. ALEC pushes a great deal of the most reactionary legislation introduced around the country each year.

    Here’s a sample of their reactionary skullduggery from the Nation, written by a stellar reporter who was arrested while covering an ALEC conference protest in New Orleans:

    Conservative ‘Free Beacon’ Fronts for Taiwan Lobby
    Lee Fang on July 26, 2012 – 3:55 PM ET
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    The Washington Free Beacon, a new website on the right, has a particular fascination with promoting weapon sales to Taiwan. In addition to daily hits on the Obama administration and Democrats, the Free Beacon has multiple posts calling for more F-16 fighter jet sales to the island nation, and has branded skeptics of militarization as “pro-China” activists.

    The site, however, fails to disclose the fact that its sponsor is a lobbyist for a firm dedicated to helping Taiwan advance its policy agenda.

    Michael Goldfarb, a former Republican staffer and writer, founded the Free Beacon with “several million dollars” in January of this year. Listed as the chairman of the 501(c) group that sponsors the Free Beacon website, Goldfarb is also a partner at the lobbying and public relations firm Orion Strategies, LLC.

    The contract between the Taiwanese ambassador and Goldfarb’s firm, renewed last year for a period that ends on September 30, 2012, stipulates that Orion will be paid $180,000 a year to “provide advice and consulting services concerning Taiwan’s strategic goals.”

    Orion’s advocacy, according to disclosures filed with the Justice Department, has centered on promoting US authorization to sell Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. Mike Mitchell, Goldfarb’s partner at Orion, makes weekly calls to Congress to press lawmakers and their staff on the issue, from arranging Congressional visits to Taiwan to prepping for Senate hearings.

    As Goldfarb’s firm quietly peddles influence for Taiwan’s arms agenda in Congress, his site provides a megaphone. A Free Beacon article from earlier this year quotes an anonymous “industry representative” to demand that the Obama Administration “release the 66 new Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52+ fighter aircraft that Taiwan [has] requested to purchase.” Another Free Beacon piece promoting increased arms sales calls National Security Council member Evan Medeiros, a policy expert the Free Beacon claims played a “key figure in killing the planned sale of new F-16 jets to Taiwan,” a “key pro-China activist.”

    There is no disclosure on the Free Beacon website that its chairman is paid to lobby for Taiwan and other interest groups.

    Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) efforts on behalf of Taiwan have been guided, and publicized, by Goldfarb-related organizations. Orion has met with Cornyn or his staff more than fifty times in the last year on Taiwan-related issues, including “congressional strategy to promote F-16 sale[s] to Taiwan,” legislation to force new F-16 sales, and travel to the country.

    The effort has paid off. On November 18, 2011, Cornyn placed a hold—a privilege given to Senators to unilaterally block almost any presidential appointee—against Mark Lippert to become an assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Cornyn said he would block the nomination until the administration reconsidered the sale of 66 new F-16 jets to Taiwan. A week prior to the hold, Orion discussed Lippert-related strategy with Cornyn’s office, according to disclosures.

    The hold, of course, was celebrated by the Free Beacon, which posted a digitized copy of Cornyn’s letter. Cornyn lifted his hold in April, after the White House pledged to give serious consideration to his Taiwan-related demands.

    The extent to which Orion uses the Free Beacon as a front for its clients is unclear. A mandatory disclosure form for its foreign lobbying that was due in May of this year has still not been filed. A representative from the Justice Department confirmed to The Nation that Goldfarb’s firm has failed to file its 2012 Supplemental Statement.

    Goldfarb has leveraged his relationship with conservative media to promote his clients’ concerns. On behalf of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, a country that currently has a $270,000 contract with Orion, Goldfarb arranged for an interview between Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili and a Washington Jewish Week reporter named Adam Kredo last year. In December of 2010, he arranged for multiple journalists, including The Weekly Standard’s Matt Continetti, to have dinner with Georgian Vice Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze. And last year, Goldfarb was hired by Koch Industries as part of the company’s “crisis communication” team. At the time, Goldfarb was still affiliated with The Weekly Standard, and the magazine’s writers, like Continetti, began publishing pieces defending the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, David and Charles Koch.

    But all of this came before Goldfarb created his own conservative website. Now, Continetti and Kredo work for the Free Beacon, where both writers have written pieces in defense of Goldfarb clients.

    Requests for comment to the Free Beacon, Orion Strategies and the Taiwan embassy have not been returned.

    UPDATE (7/31/12):

    Since publication of this piece, the Taiwan embassy contacted The Nation but did not provide further details. However, the Justice Department now displays Orion Strategy’s first 2012 Supplemental Statement, which further confirms that Goldfarb’s lobbying firm consulted with the Free Beacon on “Taiwan arms sales.”

    • lizard19

      um, the piece I linked to is from THE DAILY BEAST, not the FREE BEACON. you are acting no better than the right by ignoring the substance of the article I linked to and instead attacking the media source that found the audio tapes.

      tell me, evdebs, if Hillary is at the top of the ticket, are you going to vote for her?

  3. Turner

    I agree, Liz. There’s not an authentic bone in Hillary Clinton’s body and there is a history of slime. I think Kirsten Gillibrand would be a good choice. She’s young, bright, has a good record on the issues, and is scrappy enough to take on right-wing idiots.

    I don’t think Gillibrand has many skeletons in her closet.

  4. Steve W

    Liz, I agree. I’ve long found Hillary to be unbearably cynical and just plain wrong about leadership into more national security, more crisis, more war. Just like the vast majority of Repos and Dems in national office. But what to do differently?

    Here’s an interesting idea. One that actually sounds like it could work.


  5. Big Swede

    I was hoping the D’s would run Senator Faux Squaw, Elizabeth Warren.

    “You didn’t build that”.

    • lizard19

      you do yourself no favors with slur-trolling, Swede. now you don’t get to comment on this particular post. I have to do this with kids sometimes. it’s called “time-out”.

    • larry kurtz

      A Clinton/Warren ticket can win.

  6. petetalbot

    I’ll bet you had a shit-eating grin on your face when you wrote the word “Squaw,” right, Swede? Anyway, I’d vote for Warren.

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