- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2007

Whatever the mighty Clinton spin machine says about the Page One catfight between Hillary, Barack Obama and David Geffen,the Geffen-Obama forces put a big hurt on the presidential aspirations of the former first lady.

This brouhaha blossomed when Mr. Geffen, the left-wing media mogul, told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, “Everybody in politics lies, but [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” He said a lot more that was derogatory specifically about Hillary Clinton, but that’s the key statement, since Mr. Geffen is obviously referring to both Clintons. After all, it was Hillary who enabled Bill’s lies time and again. Now, America is being told — and by a former Clinton benefactor, no less — that there’s more where that came from.

Mr. Geffen’s shot across the bow, with its huge media echo chamber, reminds folks what it was like when the Clintons were in the White House. Mr. Geffen has single-handedly pried the lid off the rusty old can of Clinton lies, reminding voters of what will happen if this truth-challenged couple ever returns to the Oval Office.

Does the American electorate want to go through this all over again? Have we forgotten the lies? Go Google the simple phrase “Bill Clinton lies.” When I do so, this is what I quickly turn up (and from various sources):

• Bill Clinton lied under oath to a federal grand jury. (That’s perjury, of course, and perjury remains a felony.)

• Mr. Clinton continues to lie about his 12-year affair with Gennifer Flowers.

• Mr. Clinton still denies he sexually harassed Paula Jones. (Though he paid her $850,000 in hush money.)

• Mr. Clinton persists in dismissing the Whitewater scandal as a “land deal where I lost money” (even though a dozen of his close associates landed in jail over it).

• Mr. Clinton illegally obtained FBI files on his political opponents and lied about that, too.

• On the golf course, Mr. Clinton has an incredibly difficult time playing his ball where it lies. According to close observers (Tiger Woods among them), Mr. Clinton exhibits questionable math when he tallies his scorecard.

• And according to The Washington Post’s reporter John Harris, Mr. Clinton was so upset about his inability to lose weight in 2000 that following his annual physical he instructed aides to release a bogus number that made him 5 pounds lighter.

David Geffen also has turned our attention back to the days of the Lincoln Bedroom scandal, when White House sleepovers were regularly offered for large political contributions. I could be wrong, but I don’t recall a single instance of this while George W. Bush has been in office. Same for George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. For that matter, I don’t recall any Lincoln Bedroom sales during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford or Richard Nixon. Just the Bill Clinton presidency.

It is highly ironic that the very liberal Mr. Geffen has put all this front and center. It seems Mr. Geffen is still jilted by the fact President Clinton failed to pardon Leonard Peltier, an American Indian activist convicted and sent to jail for killing two FBI agents. I’m speculating here, but the “ultimate” lie may have been that Mr. Clinton promised Mr. Geffen a pardon for Peltier, reneged on the deal and instead pardoned Marc Rich, the currency manipulator and money launderer who is the husband of Clinton pal Denise Rich, who is also a suspected Clinton paramour. The trigger for Mr. Geffen’s Hillary insurrection, and the bile-filled remarks he served to Maureen Dowd, may have been lingering resentment.

Everyone is trying to call this fight. Mr. Geffen, of course, is now solidly in the Obama camp, and he’s bringing his rich Hollywood pals with him. As for Mr. Obama, his alleged sin is that he won’t reprimand Mr. Geffen, as the Hillary camp demands. As a conservative with no skin in this Democratic game, I would have to say the Geffen episode has bloodied Hillary’s nose much more than Mr. Obama’s.

Why? Because David Geffen, unwittingly or not, reminded voters of the moral impoverishment and constant chicanery of the old Clinton White House. Do voters really want to watch this low-grade C movie once more?

I’ve always believed the Clinton White House would be Hillary’s biggest problem in the future. Now, suddenly, it has been put into the campaign in startling Hollywood Technicolor.

Lawrence Kudlow is host of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Company” and is a nationally syndicated columnist.

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