Still dazzled by Gennifer Flowers: It’s one of the most remarkable press stories of the past twenty years.
We refer to the way the East Coast Irish Catholic Democratic-leaning press cabal led the charge against President Clinton, then against Candidate Gore.
Who were the top ten Clinton/Gore-haters? It’s hard to know who would make that list who isn’t East Coast Irish Catholic.
Lawrence O’Donnell was one of those people. He spread false claims about Candidate Gore all the way through October 2000. But as of today, it’s his jones against President Clinton that really won’t let his soul go.
Lawrence just can’t quit Bill Clinton. Last night, our biggest obsessive on this topic decided he ought to say this:
O’DONNELL (7/23/13): Ari Melber, I want to read to you some of the New York Times editorial which has just come out telling Anthony Weiner to get out of this thing.A sexual jones simply won’t let this tortured son of Olde Ireland go. That said, the highlighted claim is simply absurd, although we’re sure this genuine crackpot believes the things he has said.
It says, “At some point the full story of Anthony Weiner and his sexting relationship habits and sexual relationships will be told. In the meantime, the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye away from cameras, off the Web, and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”
It says, "Mr. Weiner says he’s staying in the race. To those who know his arrogance and have grown tired of the tawdry saga he has dragged the city into, this is not surprising."
I don’t think the Times said that about Bill Clinton when his problems erupted in New Hampshire. Bill Clinton, by the way, who suffered a New York City press conference by Gennifer Flowers in which she played audiotapes that absolutely proved their real sexual relations they had for years.
No, Virginia! Gennifer Flowers’ (doctored) tapes didn’t prove that she and Wild Bill had sexual relations for years, or that they had sexual relations at all. Flowers turned out to be one of the least reliable, more repulsive figures in modern political history, as would be clear to anyone who ever reviewed her work.
Who else spent so much time explaining that Hillary Clinton was the world’s most gigantic lesbo. Who else spent more time listing the Clintons’ murders?
That said, the various Jones boys in the press could never abandon their love for Flowers. By August 1999, Chris Matthews, the number one Clinton/Gore-hater, seemed especially smitten.
“You're a very beautiful woman,” the long-term nutcase said at one point during Flowers’ half-hour embarrassment on his Hardball program. “And I have to tell you,” Matthews continued. “He knows that, you know that, and everybody watching knows that. Hillary Clinton knows that!”
“Gosh, you’re making me blush here,” Flowers modestly replied, putting her murder charges against the Clintons ever so briefly on hold. But Matthews came right back at his yellow-haired guest:
“It's an objective statement, Gennifer,” he defiantly said. “I'm not flirting. So let's go on.” He seemed especially preoccupied with the front of his pants at this time.
The lunacy of the East Coast Irish Catholic gang is one of the major journalistic stories of the past twenty years. Regarding Clinton, O’Donnell’s jones still won’t let his soul go.
His comment last night was simply insane. In real time, he was so upset with Clinton’s blow jobs that he worked and worked against Candidate Gore, then decided to work some more.
In the end, he and Matthews sent Bush to the White House. Today, we liberals all know that we must applaud their obvious brilliance.
What the New York Times said at that time: Weiner’s story is different from Clinton’s, unless your various sex obsessions come to you straight from the priests.
That said, here’s part of what the New York Times said in real time about What Flowers Was Saying:
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL (1/28/92): For lack of satisfactory evidence, most journalists declined to publish stories about Mr. Clinton's personal life. Then Gennifer Flowers, a former state employee, paid by a supermarket tabloid, contended she had a longstanding affair with the Governor. She rehearsed the accusations yesterday on television.The Times was correct. O’Donnell’s desperate needs notwithstanding, the Flowers tapes proved nothing at all. And her story in that supermarket tabloid had been full of embarrassing factual errors.
In his response Sunday, Governor Clinton "acknowledged wrongdoing. I have acknowledged causing pain in my marriage." He won't provide detail and he need not, unless it develops that his private conduct arguably touches his public performance or fitness for office.
"Anybody who's listening gets the drift of it," he said, "and let's get on and get back to the real problems of this country." To which Hillary Clinton added sensibly, "If that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him."
Mr. Clinton describes Gennifer Flowers as no more than a friendly acquaintance. Because the tape recordings she so far proffers don't appear to refute that characterization, there seems to be little basis for demanding further comment from the Clintons.
O’Donnell has a desperate jones, a jones which won’t let his empty soul go. Back in the day, he transferred his loathing from Clinton to Gore, refused to give up, kept working hard and sent George Bush to the White House.
Bill Clinton had enjoyed ten jobs! Thanks to Matthews and O’Donnell, the dead of Iraq had to pay.
Who were the biggest Clinton/Gore haters: It’s hard to know who makes the list except for We Irish. Some names:
Matthews, Dowd, O’Donnell, Connolly, Seelye, Russert, Williams, Carlson.
Adding Hannity gets us to nine. Who else makes that list?
(Warning: O’Reilly was quite fair to Gore. Did someone suggest Peggy Noonan?)