· The selection of Clinton to give the nominating speech for President Obama in a primetime TV slot at the Democrats' convention.
· Re-surfacing videos of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill campaigning with Clinton while saying she "wouldn't want him near my daughter." Videos like this one and this one of McCaskill on Meet the Press.
"…the threat, use and cultural acceptance of sexual force is a pervasive process of intimidation that affects all women." --Feminist Susan Brownmiller in her 1975 bestsellerAgainst Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
"Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me." -- President Obama on Congressman Todd Akin's use of the term "legitimate rape"
"Bill Clinton to Have Leading Role at Party's Convention" -- July 30, 2012 New York Timesstory announcing that the Obama campaign has selected the former President to nominate Obama
The Obama White House has decided to legitimize rape.
Talk about a mistake.
President Obama, after a considerable absence, abruptly appeared in the White House pressroom the other day to address Congressman Todd Akin's wildly offensive comment about "legitimate rape." In the President's own words: "Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."
In a stroke the President -- not to mention his allies on Capitol Hill, in the media and left-leaning interest groups -- resurrected one of the most divisive moments of the 1990's.
What NBC reporter Lisa Myers was said in the day to have called the "very credible" allegation that Bill Clinton raped a Clinton campaign worker named Juanita Broaddrick.
In a ricochet doubtless unintended, the decision by the White House to personally insert the President into the Akin "legitimate rape" controversy now focuses attention on two stark realities:
In other words, both Obama -- not to mention McCaskill -- are now essentially and literally "legitimizing rape" by the selection of Clinton as Obama's nominator -- and as the man who raised funds for McCaskill in the first place.
Will McCaskill return the funds Clinton raised for her in 2006? What do you think?