Hillary Clinton claimed Bill Clinton’s sex mania resulted from abuse he suffered from his mother, Virginia Kelley, as a child, according to Pulitzer Prize winning author Lucinda Franks.
Franks interviewed Hillary a year after the Monica Lewinsky story broke but chose not to publish the information at the time. Now it’s coming out as part of a soon-to-be-released book by Franks. The New York Daily News obtained a copy of the galleys.
According to the Daily News account:
She was a “doozy,” Hillary said, according to the book.
Kelley, who was married to Bill’s abusive alcoholic stepfather Roger Clinton during the future President’s formative years, hurt her son “in ways you wouldn’t believe,” the then-First Lady continued, according to Franks.
“He was abused. When a mother does what she does, it affects you forever,” Hillary said, according to the new book.
She did not specify the nature of the abuse but said it was the source of her husband’s infidelities. “I am not going into it, but I’ll say that when this happens in children, it scars you,” she said, according to Franks’ account. “You keep looking in all the wrong places for the parent who abused you.”
The tail of abuse suggests a reason – or an rationalization – available for Hillary to justify her remaining with Clinton despite the many humiliations he inflicted on her through his cheating.
Personally, having watched and covered the Clintons for many years, I do not think theirs is merely a marriage of convenience that serves both their ambitions, although it’s no doubt partially that. If he had told her 25 years ago he wanted to devote the rest of his life to chimney sweeping, I doubt she would have hung around.
But I think in some odd way they love each other. She finds him exciting, and he finds her . . . well I’m not sure what, exactly, he finds her. Smart, I guess. But now we see another tie binding her to him, that of the caretaker helping the poor little boy who can’t help acting out.
Whatever. This, and other revelations and charges coming out, is all very bad for her. Do Americans really want to revive the sordid Clinton saga and put it in the White House? Is that what the country needs at the moment?