Bill Cosby's arrest for rape is a political nightmare for Hillary Clinton. Today, Mark Steyn asked; "Why is Bill Cosby finished while Bill Clinton is beloved?"
I'll be blunt. This is what many black people and young college students are asking:
Why was Bill Cosby arrested and Bill Clinton not?The world has changed in 20 years and Hillary Clinton has not. Her upper class upbringing that sex is dirty and a wife has to put up with a husband's philandering stands in stark contrast with today's assumption that when two people get drunk and have sex, the man is raping the woman.
The Bill Cosby-Bill Clinton is Hillary's own doing. She said she was going to bring in Bill Clinton. On paper, that makes sense, except when one considers that a core market for her is under 30 and most of them know little to nothing about his sexual predation. History marks it down as "he lied about getting a b---j--." But now the details will come to light. Paula Jones getting every dime she demanded of the Clintons for his sexual harassment will open a few under 30 eyes.
As Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote today (before the arrest):
Even before Trump, people — though, notably, not members of the news media — were already quizzing Hillary Clinton about her record on rape and abuse. After she tweeted that rape accusers should be believed, a woman at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire asked Hillary whether that applied to her husband’s accusers, mentioning Broaddrick, Willey and Jones. Clinton’s awkward reply: "I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence."
Neither Republican candidates nor journalists have been willing to make a big issue of Bill’s shady sex-abuse record and Hillary’s enabling. Trump, on the other hand, went there, with devastating effect. Which raises a question: If Hillary can’t win by playing the “woman card,” can she win at all?The answer is she cannot.
The arrest of Bill Cosby brought this from Mark Steyn: “You’d almost think it’s some kind of like racism thing. That somehow, when a bunch of women make accusations against the black guy – boom, he’s vaporized. When a bunch of women make accusations against some white southern redneck — we're talking about putting him back in the White House for another eight years as first gentleman.”
Of course, that is an oversimplification. But Cosby's arrest for doing what Bill Clinton did may cause black voters to ask why bother going to the polls to elect her.
What Hillary should have done, in retrospect, is announce that she will not have Bill Clinton campaign for her. That she is a tough, independent woman who can handle a presidential campaign on her own.
Instead, we have an old damsel in distress asking the town lecher to save her.