Wednesday, June 01, 2016

June 1, 2016--Slime

Is there a slimier American than Ken Starr, the independent federal counsel who snooped around in President Bill Clinton's dirty laundry between 1994 and 1998?

His investigation began relatively benignly. To dig for the truth or, failing that, the dirt surrounding Clinton's alleged sexual harassment years earlier of Paula Jones when he was governor of Arkansas.

When Starr couldn't come up with that much new to defame the president, he roamed around in other salacious matters such as the death, alleged murder of Vince Foster, until reports about Clinton's sexual escapades with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, fell into his, shall we say, overheated lap.

With that he finally got lucky, hounding and embarrassing the president and finally getting him to perjure himself when he denied having "sexual relations with that woman. Miss Lewinsky." The so-called "Starr Report," copies of which were gobbled up by a panting public that wanted to know all the seamy details about Lewinsky's thongs, Clinton's anatomy, and the uses other than smoking them he found for cigars.

This and other goodies gave Republicans in Congress all they needed to impeach the president. That effort was led by the over-sexed Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who at the time was cheating on his second wife, diddling a staffer who worked for him--now wife number three, Callista, best known for her signature helmet hairdo.

But it looks as if Ken the self-righteous pornographer is having second thoughts about how Clinton "was treated." The passive voice, was treated, not how he, Starr, and his staff of investigators did the mistreating.

In a recent article in the New York Times, all but overlooked as the current presidential campaign trundles on with its own almost daily dose of gossip and slander, Starr is quoted as expressing regret that Mr. Clinton's legacy has been tarnished because of "the unpleasantness." Unpleasantness!
There are certain tragic dimensions which we all lament. . . . That having been said, the idea of this redemptive process afterwards, we have certainly seen that powerfully in Mr. Clinton's post presidency.
What tortured language for such a perfect and fastidious a man. But at least he managed to squeeze out a few words of contrition. Even if not entirely his own. Though I assume he includes himself in the "we all lament."

Now, with delicious irony, he has more things to lament.

In the current case what went on pervasively among student athletes at Baylor University where he was, until he was demoted last week, the president.

A variety of reports revealed that during his tenure as Baylor CEO sexual harassment was rampant and, this is key, ignored, swept under the rug by President Starr and his administrative team.

Now we'll see how well he does as he undertakes his own redemptive process. Thus far we have heard nothing about that from him.

How wonderful sometimes things work out.

Baylor's Number One Fan

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