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CBS News | Whitewater: Case Closed | September 20, 2000?22:00:14
Am I the only one that remembers what a fucking clown show the entire Whitewater investigation was?
in August 1994 Kenneth Starr was brought on as the special prosecuter when the GOP decided that the former prosecuter Roberts B. Fiske was not being aggresive enough in pursuing the Clintons.
Starr spent the next 4 years and $50 million dollars exploring every pimple and fold of the Clinton's collective anus. The investigation branched off into any and all areas that the Republicans thought they could hang a shingle of impropriety on the Clintons. Never mind that the original investigation was opened to explore the Whitewater land deal that occured in the late seventies, years before the Clintons ever moved into the Whitehouse.
Starr went after any and all allegations that he could even remotely tie to the Clintons. Starr's people were after the president and the first lady and they didn't care who they had to threaten or jail to get to them. Their most common method was to stir up an allegation, drag in the principle players and threaten them with jail time, only to offer a reduced sentence if they would finger the Clintons in the matter. When time after time people refused to do so they finally resorted to subjecting a sitting president to a direct examination under oath wherein they probed him about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
But it wasn't until 1998 that Starr began to investigate the Lewinsky matter, where President Clinton was found guilty of lying about his sexual escapades with an intern.
The Republicans were ecstatic and moved to impeach Clinton over the Lewinsky matter. The public gave a huge collective yawn, because everyone but the GOP pitbulls understood that while getting a blowjob from an intern was pretty slimy behavior, in the long run, it really didn't effect us.
Because none of the guiding lights of the GOP have EVER cheated on their wives.
It was at this time as well when people like Rush Limbaugh were becoming popular. His job was to take the scandal of the day and feed that red meat to the partisan dogs, expanding the innuendo and whipping people up into an anti-Clinton/ Democratic frenzy. And hell, it worked. Websites and videos popped up all over the web with "proof " that the Clintons had not only murdered people, they were also planning a communist takeover of America with Russian tanks hiding just across the Mexican border, as well as smuggling drugs out of Mena Arkansas using the hollow nose cones of small planes.
I kid you not. I saw one of the tapes for myself. The Clintons were using unmarked "black helicopters" to firebomb the homes of people onto either their drug smuggling, murder or invasion schemes. There was even a segment that explained how the stickers on the backs of roadsigns were really markers telling the invasion force where to go.
Now, I had problems with the Clinton presidency. In particular I thought he turned a blind eye to the corruption in the financial and energy industries that would eventually implode during Bush's first year in the presidency. I also felt that he was too willing to sell out the working class here in the U.S. for the sake of a short term offshoring burn that would only superheat the economy for a short while before plunging us into the duldrums that we're in now.
But the scandals investigated by Kenneth Starr? A huge waste of money and time. A witchhunt by the GOP that only proved what people already knew, that Clinton was a womanizer that couldn't keep his dick to himself.
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