CBS’s Scott Pelley asked Hillary Clinton if she ever lied to the American people. Her answer was less than forthright causing Pelley to comment it could seem she was leaving herself “wiggle room”. Even so, Hillary continued to avoid a direct answer by saying…
“You know, you’re asking me to say, ‘Have I ever?’ I don’t believe I ever have… I don’t believe I ever will. I’m going to do the best I can to level with the American people.”
We recall having credulity stretched by the Clintons (emphasis added).
Do you recall the slime that was Whitewater, in which the Clintons dissembled and lied while their former business partners went to jail? Do you remember Mrs. Clinton earning $100,000 in profit in 1979 on a $1,000 investment over the course of only 9 months in volatile cattle futures, about which she knew nothing, thanks to help from a highly placed Tyson Foods connection? Tyson profited handsomely in Arkansas, with state loans and appointments. We are to believe that Clinton studied the Wall Street Journal to achieve a feat against which the odds were one in 250 million. Do you recall the Rose Law Firm billing records that magically appeared in Mrs. Clinton’s White House office, years after they had been subpoenaed? Or the death of Vince Foster under rather extraordinary and inexplicable circumstances, and the lies and cover-up that followed? Do you recall that while testifying before congressional investigators as first lady, she answered “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” 250 times?
You could say all politicians lie or, as they might put it, make misstatements or are taken out of context. The Republican candidates are spending a large part of their time calling each other liars. It is somewhat ironic that Hillary did not tell an outright lie in answer to Scott Pelley except that the Clintons can barely say anything at all without equivocating. Making definitive statements like “I never had sex with that woman” are a bit more troublesome even if eventually you get away with it as usual.