Let's put it another way --- Can a woman whose husband is a well-known sexual predator be the first woman President of the United States ?
In Salon, interviewee Camille Paglia, asks why Bill Clinton isn't being subjected to the same scrutiny and opprobrium as Bill Cosby
The top story mentioned in this morning's Drudge Report is "PAGLIA: HOW BILL CLINTON -- IS LIKE BILL COSBY!" -- it's the one above the headline (See "Drudge Report" 7/28/15 [http://www.drudgereport.com/]). That item in "Drudge..." links to an article in Salon, the progressive internet magazine.
The tough part of the Salon article for Hillary Clinton started like this: ".... The banner on the Drudge Report this morning is that Kathleen Willey is starting a site to collect harassment claims against Bill Clinton. New York magazine, meanwhile, has the stories of 35 women who say they were raped or assaulted by Bill Cosby. I wonder if you see a connection between the two stories: Would Bill Clinton’s exploits be viewed more like Cosby’s if he was in the White House now, instead of in the 1990s?... Right from the start, when the Bill Cosby scandal surfaced, I knew it was not going to bode well for Hillary’s campaign, because young women today have a much lower threshold for tolerance of these matters. The horrible truth is that the feminist establishment in the U.S., led by Gloria Steinem, did in fact apply a double standard to Bill Clinton’s behavior because he was a Democrat. The Democratic president and administration supported abortion rights, and therefore it didn’t matter what his personal behavior was...." (See "Camille Paglia: How Bill Clinton is like Bill Cosby" by David Daley, 7/27/15, Salon [http://www.salon.com/2015/07/28/camille_paglia_how_bill_clinton_is_like_bill_cosby/]).
"...BILL CKINTON WAS A SERIAL ABUSER OF WORKING CLASS WOMEN..." --- SalonThe Salon article continued "...we’re living in a different time right now, and young women have absolutely no memory of Bill Clinton. It’s like ancient history for them; there’s no reservoir of accumulated good will. And the actual facts of the matter are that Bill Clinton was a serial abuser of working-class women–he had exploited that power differential even in Arkansas. And then in the case of Monica Lewinsky – I mean, the failure on the part of Gloria Steinem and company to protect her was an absolute disgrace in feminist history! What bigger power differential could there be than between the president of the United States and this poor innocent girl? Not only an intern but clearly a girl who had a kind of pleading, open look to her – somebody who was looking for a father figure.... I was enraged! My publicly stated opinion at the time was that I don’t care what public figures do in their private life. It’s a very sophisticated style among the French, and generally in Europe, where the heads of state tend to have mistresses on the side. So what? That doesn’t bother me at all! But the point is, they are sophisticated affairs that the European politicians have, while the Clinton episode was a disgrace.... A cigar and the intern is certainly the opposite of sophisticated.... Absolutely! It was frat house stuff! And Monica got nothing out of it. Bill Clinton used her. Hillary was away or inattentive, and he used Monica in the White House–and in the suite of the Oval Office, of all places.... "
SALON ASKS THE POINTED QUESTION--- "So have the times and standards changed enough that Clinton would be seen as Cosby, if he was president today?"
AND PAGLIA HAS A DISCURSIVE ANSWER COMPARING THE PSYCHOLOGIES OF THE BILLS --- CLINTON AND COSBYAnd Camille Paglia seems to answer Salon's quesstion like this: ".... Oh, yes! There’s absolutely no doubt, especially in this age of instant social media. In most of these cases, like the Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby stories, there’s been a complete neglect of psychology. We’re in a period right now where nobody asks any questions about psychology. No one has any feeling for human motivation. No one talks about sexuality in terms of emotional needs and symbolism and the legacy of childhood. Sexuality has been politicized – 'Don’t ask any questions!' 'No discussion!' 'Gay is exactly equivalent to straight!' And thus in this period of psychological blindness or inertness, our art has become dull. There’s nothing interesting being written – in fiction or plays or movies. Everything is boring because of our failure to ask psychological questions.... So I say there is a big parallel between Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton–aside from their initials! Young feminists need to understand that this abusive behavior by powerful men signifies their sense that female power is much bigger than they are! These two people, Clinton and Cosby, are emotionally infantile–they’re engaged in a war with female power. It has something to do with their early sense of being smothered by female power–and this pathetic, abusive and criminal behavior is the result of their sense of inadequacy...."
This is not the stuff of conservative Republicans or conservative Republicanism, but it is the stuff of latter-day 60s & 70s feminist discussions, made meaningful by Ms. Paglia in 2015. It's also something that Hillary Clinton, the Hillary Clinton Campaign and people like the HRC Super Volunteers don't want to deal with at this time. That's why it just might be the straw that breaks the camel's back of the Clinton Campaign.