Newspaper articles and
TV specials have made most people familiar with the psychiatric disorder
called Munchausen-By-Proxy, in which a person (usually a woman) or a
parent (usually the mother) makes herself or her child sick – by poison,
overmedication, smothering, etc. – and then reports the dire symptoms to
authorities, thereby garnering the attention and sympathy she craves, as
well as heroine status for "saving” herself or her child.
When this bizarre
pattern of behavior is observed over time – by family members, friends,
psychiatric professionals – and they confront her with evidence of her
pathological behavior, she invariably has one response: They are lying!
Then there is the
psychiatric disorder known as pathological lying,
the compulsion of disturbed people to resort to lies rather than truth,
the better to compensate for their feelings of inferiority. Some of the
stories they make up may have a grain of truth, which allows them – or
in the case of politicians, their surrogates or the media – to "spin”
them to advantage. Their lies are always designed to put them in
a good light and to resonate with people who also feel like victims.
another psychiatric disorder is masochism, in which either sexual or ego
satisfaction is derived primarily from experiencing physical or
psychological pain. This is particularly prominent in abused women who
remain with their abusers because they rationalize that either the
brutes "love” them or that – somehow, someday – they will gain enough
power over their batterers to wreak their own vengeance. Sound familiar?
I have spelled this out
in this article and also
in this one.
presidential campaign on the Democrat side evolves – or, in my opinion,
devolves – there is ample evidence that Hillary has a few screws loose,
if not a few bolts.
know that during her drive for the nomination, Hillary and her
surrogates have continually played the racist card, in effect creating a
media firestorm of accusation toward the ongoing blight of racism in the
Democrat party. In true Munchausen form, Hillary has accused the media
of causing the "illness” of her plummeting popularity, poll numbers, and
electability. She hasn’t done this – they have!
is the serial lying. As Bill Clinton’s public-relations mastermind Dick
Morris has now documented, Hillary has the equivalent of a doctorate in
not telling the truth. He
lists the lies she has admitted to:
daughter, Chelsea, was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11,
2001. (She was in bed watching it on TV.)
▪ Hillary was named
after Sir Edmund Hillary. (He climbed Mt. Everest five years after her
▪ Hillary was under
sniper fire in Bosnia. (A girl presented her with flowers at the foot of
▪ Hillary learned in
The Wall Street Journal how to make a killing in the futures market.
(The WSJ didn't cover the market back then.)
other lies that Hillary has not confessed to:
▪ Hillary didn't
know about the FALN pardons.
▪ Hillary didn't
know that her brothers were being paid to get pardons that Clinton
▪ Hillary taking
White House gifts was a clerical error.
▪Hillary didn't know
that her staff would fire the travel office staff after she told them to
▪ Hillary didn't
know that the Peter Paul fundraiser in Hollywood in 2000 cost $700,000
more than she reported it had.
Read this for further documentation.
▪ Hillary supported
NAFTA but now opposes it.
instrumental in the Irish peace process.
Bill to intervene in Rwanda.
▪ Hillary played a
role in the '90s economic recovery.
▪ Hillary’s billing
records showed up on their own.
▪ Hillary thought
Bill was innocent when the Monica scandal broke.
▪ Hillary was always
a Yankees fan.
nothing to do with the New Square Hasidic pardons (after they voted for
her 1,400-12 and she attended a meeting at the White House about the
▪ Hillary negotiated
for the release of refugees in Macedonia (who were released the day
before she got there).
And then there is
the central role Hillary claimed she played in the Irish peace process,
yet another lie intended to convince the public of her fitness for the
presidency, but which she mysteriously omitted from her autobiography.
The Problem of
of people around the world have been treated successfully – in
psychotherapy and by psychotropic medications – for psychiatric
disorders that seem to fit Hillary.
With enough time and
patience, therapists sometimes succeed in helping their patients gain
insight into their insecurities, self-hatred, rage, self-destructive
behaviors, fantasies of vengeance, and delusions of grandeur.
Then again, there is
the category known as "hopeless cases.” There is a good reason why the
adage, "Show me a mean young lady and I’ll show you a mean old lady,”
has enduring truth. Essential character traits are largely immutable.
While Democrats, as
well as the leftwing media, have for decades papered over Hillary’s
character flaws, over-weaning ambition, destroy-people-at-all-cost
strategies, and blaring, glaring lies, it is only since they’ve found a
new liberal to lionize – in the form of one Barack Obama – that they’ve
started abandoning the USS Clinton and "remembering” the weird,
chameleon-like behavior that has always characterized the 3am-red-phone
First there was her
conversion from a rah-rah conservative Goldwater girl to the fervent
acolyte of Marxist Saul Alinsky. Then the goodie-two-shoes governor’s
wife turned defender of everything prurient and excessive. There was the
corporate lawyer turned Whitewater-cattle-futures-billing records
scandal queen. And then the "transparency” president’s wife who shrouded
herself and the process of healthcare reform in secrecy. There was the
woman who spoke the King’s English in the northeast but became a
holy-rolling southern-drawling good-ole-girl in the Deep South. And the
woman who voted for the Iraq War and supported NAFTA but then –
surprise! – became Ms. Anti-War incarnate and against the trade
agreement. The list goes on and on and on and on and on.
Why? Is this the
case of a person fixated in adolescence who finds it impossible to stop
having identity crises – even into her sixties? Is it the onset of an
insidious memory disorder that compels Hillary to create out of whole
cloth experiences she never had (think Tuzla, think Ireland) and then to
attribute her wild claims to "misspeaking”? Or is it simply a case of
bad – immutably bad – character?
The End Is Nigh
recent extravagant whopper about being flown into Bosnia and having to
dodge sniper fire seems to have finally brought about her undoing. As
radio personality Mark Simone has asked, what kind of insane mother
would let her daughter off a plane in the face of sniper fire?
Faced with round-the-clock coverage of the people who were present on
the trip, including a comedian, a pop singer, and the pilot – who all
categorically denied her version of events – and endless footage of
Hillary and Chelsea strolling the tarmac with sun-shiny smiles, the
Revolt began, not only of longtime media loyalists but also of Party
flaks, and even super-delegates who ran gleefully into the arms of
Strassel says that ignoring the Bosnia story:
have been to deny the press, the pundits, Democrats, and even Barack
Obama, the catharsis of finally – finally! – getting a chance to
confront the Clintons' questionable mores. Hillary's and Bill's scandals
have been the elephant in the primary room ever since she first signaled
a run. Yet up to now everyone has been too scared, or too loyal, or too
weary to touch the ugly past. Her Bosnia misspeak is now serving as
proxy for all the truths about the Clintons' non-truths, allowing even
liberals to break free from their Clinton dependence.
"And how liberating it is! The real beauty of Mrs. Clinton's Tuzla
torture is that it's self-inflicted… No more apologizing. Now comes the
euphoria, the liberation, the freedom of…Bosnian snipers! Suddenly,
liberals all over are remembering that they never really liked the
Clintons…suddenly, they can sidle into a discussion about Mrs. Clinton's
ethics…suddenly, they can break free of the Clintons, much as New Mexico
Gov. Bill Richardson did earlier this week, with a look of ecstasy, as
he ran toward the daylight and endorsed Mr. Obama.
"Which is why it is no surprise that this week also saw the beginning of
a tide of Democrats, many of them one-time Clinton defenders, calling on
her to abandon her bid, laying out the reasons for why she cannot win
this race, and telling her to let go for the good of the party. Mrs.
Clinton, being a Clinton, may well ignore them. But what is clear is
that questions about her character and honesty are no longer verboten.”
Of the media, journalist and author Peggy Noonan remarked: "…it sours
life to have a person whose character you feel you cannot admire play
such a large daily role in your work…at this point [they] feel such a
lack of faith in Mrs. Clinton's words and ways that it amounts to an
Columnist Rich Lowry
remarked that Hillary has "exhibited a grandiosity verging on delusion,” that she is
suffering from "a rare disorder to which vaultingly ambitious formerly
front-running presidential candidates are prone.”
But it is
international journalist Mark Steyn who has captured what is sure to be
the style of Hillary’s unpretty exodus and the base motives that have
driven her all of her life: "But
on she staggers. Even if she can’t win, she can deny victory to Obama,
and to her party. As they say in show business, it’s not important for
me to succeed, only for my friends to fail.”