Invoking Monica Lewinsky against Hillary Clinton could be an appropriate tactic should she decide to pursue the familiar ‘War on Women’ attack on Republicans in 2016, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough suggested on Monday.
“If Hillary Clinton attacks the Republican Party’s handling of women, and treatment of women and disrespect for women, and suggests they’re misogynists et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, it does seem to be a fair question to ask right now, a few years out, does the media have a responsibility to say, ‘Well, let’s see what happened when you were in the White House, and how women were treated when you were in the governor’s mansion and the White House?’ Is that fair?” the ‘Morning Joe’ host asked Monday morning, as quoted by Mediaite.
Members of the show’s panel were discussing Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) suggestion on Sunday that even though the Lewinsky scandal was not Hillary Clinton’s fault, it could affect her prospects in 2016.
Paul said that Bill Clinton’s “predatory behavior” impacted his ability to talk about the Republican “war on women,” but Scarborough thought it might affect Hillary Clinton as well.
“Does this not compromise Hillary Clinton’s ability to bash Republicans as being terrible toward women, misogynist, et cetera?” he asked.
Fellow MSNBC host Al Sharpton challenged Scarborough and said it would be a poor strategy for Republicans to attack Hillary Clinton over the Lewinsky scandal.
“Are you now saying that women are responsible for the behavior of their husbands?” he asked. “I dare the Republicans to take that to her, because if I’m her, I would dribble, hit the backboard, and score a three-pointer from way out, because she was the wife in this. She was not one that I would want to mess with.”