Hillary Clinton is running for president, and more old bonehead errors keep clattering out of her closet. Win or lose, she’s not the first, nor last, with secrets that keep flashing into the bright light of public opinion.
Now that Hillary Clinton has started to reclaim the White House, she can expect even heavier exposure. Erased e-mails, Bill’s romps, Benghazi, shady finances and scores more scandals. All will loudly snipe at her campaign, making more closet clatter than Bill’s next hidden girlfriend.
Of course, if she becomes leader of the free world, it isn’t as if Hillary would be the only U.S. president who has had such baggage. Even Bill’s extramarital misbehavior seems mild compared to some others. Does Watergate and Richard Nixon bring back any memories?
Harry Truman replaced Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945 when FDR suddenly died. His political enemies yapped about him constantly. Truman jumped from political crony local judge to senator in Missouri. The skeleton in his closet was pal Tom Pendergast, a corrupt political boss.
When FDR was running for his fourth term in 1944, advisers suggested Truman as the vice presidential candidate. FDR was rumored to have remarked, “Just keep the little bastard out of my hair.”
In the 2008 campaign John McCain needed a running mate. His political brainless trust suggested little-known Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska. McCain feared Hillary Clinton would be on the Democratic ticket with Obama, and he desperately needed a woman veep candidate. Any woman. And that’s what destroyed his Presidential hopes.
What about the fun-loving Kennedys? John‘s secret relationships with a Mob girlfriend, Marilyn Monroe and many other shady ladies still echo through the rumor mills. Brothers Bobby and Ted Kennedy also did their wanderings from the marriage bed.
Early presidential history is full of closet skeletons. Andy Jackson married Rachel before she was officially divorced. Grover Cleveland had a similar scandal when he was accused of fathering a child with a secret girlfriend.
Veep Andrew Johnson, president after Lincoln was killed, was a longtime alcoholic who barely survived impeachment. During WW2, General Eisenhower had a young blonde British chauffeurette who apparently drove him to distraction.
Maybe it all started with our first president. When little George Washington told his dad he couldn’t tell a lie, the elder Washington should have clued him in. “Georgie, you’ll never, ever make it in politics if you don’t know how to lie!”