As the Lion is
By Stephanie Herman
February 22, 1999
In reaction to Juanita Broaddrick's allegation that President Clinton
raped her in 1978, the buzz around Washington is that the details
Broaddrick describes aren't all that far-fetched, given what we already
know about Clinton's treatment of women.
If it hasn't already, Clinton's documented pattern of behavior is now
beginning to betray him -- even if he is totally innocent of committing
The past now hounding Clinton includes charges by other women that he
has threatened physical harm. NewsMax reported last year that
Willey's encounter with Clinton was "almost to the point of an attack,"
according to Linda Tripp (who spoke with Willey shortly after she left
the Oval Office).
It was reported by Carl Limbacher that Judy Stokes, a friend of
Elizabeth Ward Gracen, informed attorneys for Paula Jones that Gracen
had confided her sexual encounter with Bill Clinton was not consensual.
Gracen told the press it was consensual, but later conveyed to
the Toronto Sun that White House investigators had been tailing
her family and she described Clinton as "dangerous."
Carl Limbacher, who first reported Broaddrick's allegations, as well as
corroboration from Philip Yoakum and Norma Rogers, has crunched the
numbers and claims that up to seven women may have been "assaulted" by
And the lack of surprise that an allegation of rape is being made
against this president is telling. On Fox News Sunday, which
aired February 21, commentator Juan Williams admitted that Broaddrick's
story isn't outside the realm of believability, considering the
president's pattern of behavior. The old adage, tanquam ex ungue
leonem, is beginning to apply to Bill Clinton: "as the lion is known
by its claw."
And yet, Clinton's female support base remains unflappable -- a base
more willing to know the lion by its roar than by its
claw. Clinton's roar, of course, has been six years of lip service to
women's issues, especially abortion, and his willingness to appoint
females to high positions within his administration.
The big question now is: Will female Clinton supporters -- so thankful
for his ability to articulate a positive women's agenda -- withdraw
their support if it's proven he's a rapist? A year ago, pundits
predicted a drop in women's favorability toward Clinton if it were
proven that he had seduced a subordinate in the workplace. It was
similarly predicted that Clinton's popularity would plummet -- and
Democrats promised to withdraw support -- if it were proven Clinton had
And we all know how accurate those predictions were.
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