With Clinton and Bush both in the race for the White House, more than a few political analysts have made uneasy jokes about the return of the 90s. But while Hillary Clinton may be most closely associated with that decade, she would probably prefer to keep the past in the past. Especially when that past comes to haunt her like it did this week.
After years of complete radio silence, Linda Tripp reappeared in the public spotlight this week, granting an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail. And while the 65-year-old woman best known for recording secret conversations with Monica Lewinsky had plenty to say about both Clintons, she reserved her most searing attacks for Hillary.
“I think the most compelling thing about Hillary is that she will stop at nothing to achieve her end and that she views the public as plebeians easily seduced into believing her point of view,” Tripp said of the former first lady.
Clinton’s supporters will probably take Tripp’s venom with a grain of salt; she is not, after all, likely to be found on the Clintons’ Christmas mailing list. But those already suspicious of Hillary will find the incomparable ring of truth to Tripp’s recollections. Despite the much-ballyhooed media makeover she’s attempting, this is no kindly grandmother. This is a cold, calculating woman who is obsessed with power.
Tripp claims that Hillary was in charge of making sure every woman who came out to accuse her husband of sexual impropriety was swiftly discredited. “In this endeavor she was ruthless,” Tripp said. “She destroyed women so that their stories never saw the light of day.”
And if anyone thought Hillary just woke up and decided in 2008 to make a run for the presidency, Tripp says that this candidacy has been years in the making. “This has been planned for so many years,” she said. “I remember one of the quotes in my first week in the Oval Office…everybody had this little mantra: ‘Eight years for Bill, eight years for Hill.'”
It’s unlikely that Tripp’s interview will knock Clinton off her game, but it’s certainly interesting how the evidence keeps piling up about this woman. Everywhere you turn, there’s another little bit of information. Another little glimpse into her character. And unless it comes straight from the Clinton campaign itself, these things almost always make her look like a monster. After a while, doesn’t even the most fervent Hillary supporter have to pause and think about who this woman really is?