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Target By: Michael J. New
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, March 28, 2008

As Hillary Clinton pursues the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2008, she has done her best to direct attention away from husband’s numerous scandals.  While no one wants to be reminded of President Clinton’s affairs, it should certainly be noted that Hillary Clinton’s conduct as First Lady reflects extremely poorly on her. Indeed, Kathleen Willey’s Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, recently published by World Ahead Media, provides readers with a firsthand view of Hillary Clinton’s role in enabling her husband’s sexual misdeeds. Furthermore, Willey vividly details the Clinton machine’s ruthless attempts to discredit, threaten, and intimidate her after she went public with her charges of sexual harassment against President Clinton. 

Indeed, of all the allegations launched against Bill Clinton, Kathleen Willey’s appeared to be the most potentially damaging to the President. At the time Willey had children and was living in an upper middle class household. Her husband’s family was prominent within Democratic Party politics in Virginia. Furthermore, she was a fundraiser for President Clinton’s Presidential campaign and had served as a volunteer in The White House.  In short, Kathleen Willey could not be easily dismissed by the supporters of the President as being either promiscuous or partisan. 

In addition, her story of abuse is among the most harrowing. During the 1990s, Willey’s husband had engaged in some financial misdeeds and was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. At this time, Willey was an unpaid volunteer in The White House Social Office. She made repeated requests for a paid position at The White House so she could assist with her family’s financial situation. 

Willey sought an appointment with President Clinton to make a personal appeal for a paying job.  She had reservations because during previous interactions with President Clinton, it was clear that he was romantically interested in her. But she proceeded with her appointment because her family’s financial situation was so dire. It was during this face to face meeting that she was fondled and groped against her will by President Clinton.  Making matters worse, on that very day, her husband died of an apparent suicide. 

While many political observers are familiar with the story, Willey provides new details about the intimidation and threats she faced from the Clinton White House after going public with her story.  This went far beyond having surrogates launch a smear campaign against her. Willey tells stories of unauthorized work being done on her phone lines, finding tracking devices in her automobile, and the mysterious disappearance of her cat, coupled with the appearance of an animal’s skull on her front porch.  Furthermore, while jogging outside her home she was even approached by a shadowy figure who said that there would be consequences if she did not retract her allegations against President Clinton.  In fact, just last year her manuscript of Target was stolen by an intruder. 

However, the most interesting part of the book is the final chapter entitled “A Third Clinton Term” where Kathleen Willey analyzes Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.

Willey makes it clear that Hillary Clinton played a key role in enabling her husband’s sexual misdeeds. Ever since the start of their marriage, Hillary Clinton made use of private investigators. She did not do this to confront her husband about his affairs, but instead to track these women and intimidate them from going public. This was all done in the name of advancing both her and her husband’s political career. 

Furthermore, Willey argues that bringing Bill Clinton back to the White House, even as the first spouse, could have disastrous consequences.   Willey provides circumstantial evidence that Bill Clinton has continued to engage in extramarital affairs since leaving The White House. And as first spouse, Bill Clinton would once again have access to White House volunteers and interns.  Furthermore, an overseas affair could possibly have disastrous consequences for U.S. foreign policy.  Willey concludes by saying that the time has come for a woman to lead the country -- and someday a woman will. But given her conduct, and her treatment of other women, Hillary Clinton is the wrong choice.  These are wise words to consider in the midst of the 2008 Presidential Election.

Michael J. New is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama.

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