Shawn Mitchell

As the art of presidential cover-ups advances, Hillary Clinton keeps playing a starring role.

Barack Obama and his escort media are refining Bill Clinton’s political scandal PR revolution. Watergate’s lesson--it’s not the crime that gets you, but the cover up—is obsolete. Neither the crime nor the cover up need get you if the media doesn’t want you got. It just takes a politico with enough confidence in his media escorts, and disdain for public attention span, to stay cool and play out his hand.

When Matt Drudge exposed the Lewinsky scandal in 1996, the First Obfuscator and now touted 2016 front runner Hillary Clinton told Matt Lauer if allegations of a presidential tryst with an intern in the Oval Office were true, then “that would be a very serious offense.” Very serious. But, the charges were false, the product of a “vast, right wing conspiracy,” she reassured America.

The administration then fetal tucked into epic cover up mode, inventing new privileges and legal theories amounting to “we don’t want to tell you anything.” Only nine months later, when every allegation Drudge initially reported, plus gross, juicy details, plus documented perjury and obstruction of justice by the president and his closest associates were nailed beyond partisan doubt in the Starr report, the only people who took “serious offense” were the discredited administration, the outplayed media, and lots of average Americans who were sick of the affair and bored silly anyone had the tenacity and fortitude to break through the Clinton stonewall.

The cover up didn’t get him; it saved him. Clinton showed how politicians in the media’s good graces could say: “It’s not true. It’s not true. It’s old news. Move on.” Hillary helped it happen.

The history that debuted as farce is repeating today as tragedy. Hillary Clinton again has a starring role. That’s remarkable, since she also had a youthful cameo in America’s first great presidential cover up, before she was fired from the Watergate investigation for lying and incompetence.


Shawn Mitchell

Shawn Mitchell was elected to Senate District 23 in the Colorado General Assembly in November of 2004. Shawn is an attorney at private practice in Denver and Adams County.
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