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ROB NIKOLEWSKI

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Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:17 am, Sun May 18, 2014.

I don’t like Bill Clinton.

From the get-go, his Eddie Haskell Goes To Washington act rubbed me the wrong way.

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15 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:20 pm on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    That's no place I'd want to go, but Bill Clinton never did strike me as picky.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:37 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Ughh... sounds pretty nasty. I sure wouldn't want Linda Tripp blowing-it for me. I think I just threw-up a-little with that image of horror. I'm done.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:53 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    "You can lay down with the Big Dog, or you can get on your knees." - And in her sexual harassment accusation against him that basically describes the options Paula Jones claims Bill gave her when he was her boss. The fact that Monica later consented to exactly one of those options would have shown that this was a pattern of behavior for Clinton, so he committed perjury to cover it up. Linda Tripp blew it for him, so the Clinton machine went into political damage control, and in the process basically destroyed Monica, his young victim.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Well, like the old saying says; You can lay down with the Big Dog, or you can get on your knees. Either way, you're gettin-down with sleeze.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:04 am on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    The Lewinsky affair is what Clinton lied about under oath during in his depositions as the defendant in the Paula Jones case.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:49 pm on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/jones111498.htm

    I was only commenting on the Lewinsky affair, as is the article here; but I believe your assessment regarding Paula Jones to be correct. Paula got stiffed, receiving less than a million dollars.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:33 pm on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Judge Susan Webber Wright described Clinton's perjury as him having provided "intentionally false" testimony in his depositions as the defendant in the Paula Jones sexual harassment trial.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:12 pm on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    I tried to post a link to video of Clinton's infamous quote, but was foiled-again by SFNM hackware.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:09 pm on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4XT-l-_3y0

    That depends upon what the meaning of the word "perjury" is.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:12 pm on Mon, May 19, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    So perjury under oath is okay?

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:21 am on Mon, May 19, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Right. It was such important business for Republicans to nail him for having lied about a personal sexual relationship with a consenting adult. Like I said. Republicans are more concerned (titillated) with other adults' sex life except when the scrutiny is turned upon their adultery or closeted (or airport men's room) gayness.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:24 am on Mon, May 19, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    I think folks were more concerned that Clinton committed perjury in a sexual harassment trial than they were about "the private affairs of consenting adults." We all know that politicians lie, but doing it under oath as the defendant on trial was a new low.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:06 am on Mon, May 19, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Ms. Lewinsky wrote a magazine article recently which has received much notice. I don't think Mr. Nikolewski implied that the Clinton/Lewinsky affair was "the most notable event in the Clinton presidency" as you suggest. However, it may well-be the most remembered, especially by Republicans who make it a perverse-duty to insert themselves into the private affairs of consenting adults, and then object to the particulars (and the smell), after having stuck their nose where the sun don't shine.

     
  • Bernard Foy posted at 11:48 am on Sun, May 18, 2014.

    B Foy Posts: 10

    .... For Mr. Nikolewski to bring this back as, apparently, the most notable event in the Clinton presidency, and the one that should be regarded as emblematic of an 8-year administration, is to cave into the ugly Karl Rove version of accepted political tactics. That's really disappointing to hear, Mr. Nikolewski.

     
  • Bernard Foy posted at 11:47 am on Sun, May 18, 2014.

    B Foy Posts: 10

    Boy, in my mind, that's a pretty serious misreading of one of the most tawdry episodes in modern American politics. The witch hunt on Clinton was, in my opinion, an effort by outnumbered desperate Republicans to find mud to throw at a moderate president, who was at the time, actually a pretty middle-of-the-road and -ouch, this hurts - effective Oval Office leader. The Republicans found some mud that would stick after slinging, at least in the minds of the far-right in the establishment. For myself, and I believe millions of other Americans, it was an appalling, ridiculous, waste of time. It was concocted on the theory that Americans would accept the notion that anyone who had a weak understanding of his marriage vows would be unfit for political office. Well, geez, that would disqualify most of Congress (Gingrich and Domenici being handy examples; Kennedy being an older one). The ultimate effect of the Lewinsky affair on me was to convince me that American politics is rotten. It is a game of making the other party look as bad as possible, while ignoring the desperate needs of the American people. It convinced me to spend the rest of my life as a registered independent.

     

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