Bill Clinton's liaison with Monica Lewinsky breaks out in Rand Paul interview on Meet The Press

Posted by Mitch Perry on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Of all the national Republicans who have won high office in recent years fueled by the Tea Party insurgence, none are more interesting than Rand Paul.

The freshman Senator from Kentucky was the subject of deeply researched story on the front-page of Sunday's New York Times as he tries to navigate his roots in the sometimes radical libertarian tradition with the mainstream, as he prepares for a 2016 run for the White House.

But Paul also has the habit of occasionally saying things that he ultimately has to walk back. That makes him catnip for political reporters and television bookers, such as what happened Sunday morning on
NBC's Meet The Press. Paul was asked by host David Gregory if the Monica Lewinsky scandal that paralyzed much of then-President Bill Clinton's agenda in his second term in office should have any impact on a potential 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run. Paul said that scandal should be remembered when Democrats accuse the GOP of having a "war on women."

The subject came out because of a comment that Paul's wife Kelley made in Vogue magazine in September about Clinton's illicit liaison with the White House intern, saying "his his behavior was predatory, offensive to women,” she tells me.

“The Democrats - one of the big issues they’ve concocted is saying Republicans are committing a war on women,” Paul said. “One of the workplace laws and rules that, I think, is good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office.”

“This isn’t having an affair, I mean this isn’t me saying 'he’s having an affair and we shouldn’t talk to him,' ”he continued. “Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really, and then they have the gall to stand up and say 'Republicans are having a war on women?' ”

However, Paul added that Hillary shouldn’t be judged by her husband’s actions, and that it likely wouldn’t be an issue if she decides to run for president in 2016.

“But, I think, it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history,” he said.

“With regard to his place in history, it certainly is a discussion and I think in my state people tend to frown on that. If there was someone in my community who did that, ... we would disassociate with someone who took advantage of a woman in the workplace.”

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Seriously? Can Rand Paul really be that ignorant? Yeah, I guess he can.

The sexual indiscretions of a former POTUS in his personal life does not equate with comments made regarding one's political views -- viewpoints which can have a direct impact on numerous female constituents.

For every Clinton, Weiner, and Filner on one side of the sexual harassment/adultery fence, you will find a Sanford, Schwartzenegger, Gingrich, Ensign, and Vitter on the other.
Unfaithfulness does not play favorites w/respect to party affiliation, nor does it constitute a "war on women" as far as public policy is concerned.

In other words, there is a huge difference between the bad behavior of a political figure in his personal life ... vs. the numerous public policy comments and legislative efforts that have been made over the past several years by the Republican Party -- comments, policy proposals, and actual bills signed into law which demonstrate a complete disregard for the health, safety, welfare, economic viability, and privacy rights of American women.

The fact that conservative pundits and right wing bloggers are attempting to equate these two distinctly different situations adds further weight to the conclusion that they simply don't understand the needs and concerns of the vast majority of American women.

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