While Hillary campaigns across our state, I'm waiting for someone - anyone - to bring up the issue of Juanita Broaddrick's rape allegation against Bill Clinton.
The incident allegedly occurred in the late 1970s, surfaced during his 1992 campaign on shortwave and underground radio programs, and then later was given major media play during the impeachment controversy in 1998 and 1999.
Surprisingly, Bill Clinton has never issued a denial that I know of [If anyone has ever seen one, please do forward it so I can post it]. I don't believe that Hillary has ever commented on the allegation although we've all heard her spins about "the vast rightwing conspiracy." And, of course, if someone did bring it up now, Hillary could just spin it as another rightwing attack.
Well, I'm not a rightwinger and I want to know what she thought about the allegation when it came up. Unlike the allegations from the oval office, the heavy petting on the side, mutual experiences between two people, or even an inappropriate fondle here or there, this was a rape, according to the victim.
Men always hear that "no means no," and we all know that rape allegations should be taken very seriously - even if the allegations are false. We have all heard of examples where faked allegations have ruined lives. But we still hold the claims to almost a level of guilty until proven innocent because it is such a serious, violent crime.
And yet, for some reason, Bill and Hillary Clinton get a pass on this one, even though I also have to wonder: How do women, even liberal ones, play this down? It isn't just Lewinskies. Broaddrick's allegations seem credible to many, many people. So how about it. Someone, anyone, ask the question.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this .mov file of Lisa Myer's "Dateline" NBC report about the allegations in February 1999, located here, FYI: Clicking this link will open up a file for the video: ["Juanita Broaddrick"].