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Hillary and Hamlet – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Thursday, 19 June 2003 12:00 AM

While most Americans followed the saga of Bill Clinton’s extramarital excess with the thong-snapping Monica Lewinsky in 24/7 newspaper, radio and TV coverage – including news of his DNA found on her legendary blue dress – we are now asked by his wife, Hillary (in her newly published book, “Living History”), to believe that she knew nothing about the affair until he confessed it two nights before his grand jury testimony – eight months after the scandal broke!

If that’s true, it certainly disqualifies the former president’s wife not only for her present job as junior senator from New York, but also for the presidency of our country, a job she clearly lusts after. (Yes to the skeptics: Hillary does have lust – for power!)

Simply, if any person misreads or downright denies events that are taking place before his or her very eyes, how can such a person be equipped to judge either the subtle signals or empirical proof of the kind of wrongdoing that might harm our country?

It is clear that Hillary thinks that guys like Bill Clinton, who lie and cheat and deceive their friends and the citizens of their country are or should be immune from the consequences of their acts – or at least are convenient vehicles for their own ambitions.

She is not alone. A lot of women stay faithful to philandering husbands out of a perverse sense of fidelity, fear, economic need, neurotic guilt, or because they have “an understanding” with the guy: You go your way, I’ll go mine.

But Bill and Hill are not ordinary people. In fact, their drama has a Shakespearean dimension.

Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, remarried within two months of the death of her husband, just as Hillary has launched her presidential campaign with “Living History” only a couple of years after Bill Clinton’s figurative demise as a politically credible figure.

The similarities of “Hamlet” to the Clinton saga are striking. Hamlet (Bill) is aggrieved at the loss of his father (power) and bitter over the hasty remarriage of his mother (Hillary) to his father’s assassin, King Claudius (Hillary’s ascent into national politics).

Okay, Hillary is not actually Bill’s mother, but she might as well be, given her overindulgence to this out-of-control child.

When Queen Gertrude sees a play that derides her behavior – a play in which the female protagonist vows never to forget her husband – she tries to justify her actions by proclaiming: “Methinks the lady doth protest too much.” Don’t we all!

But Hamlet has great sway over his mother and prevails in having her admit that her marrying so quickly has hurt him. Modern-day, sycophantic interviewers like Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and others of the Hamlet-adoring crowd, while agreeing with Hillary’s grievances, also manage to exonerate and even exalt the persuader-in-chief.

Finally, Queen Gertrude agrees to no longer share the bed of her new husband. Clearly, life does imitate art!

Ultimately, King Claudius enlists Laertes to get rid Hamlet – the “mad Dane” – an attempt that fails but kills Gertrude instead.

Of course, both Bill and Hill have their Laertes, journalists and authors who favor one or the other and want to get rid of Bill so Hill can ascend to a nouveau-Clinton presidency and perform successful CPR on a liberal agenda that includes big government, abortion on demand, higher taxes, capitulation to terrorists … the list goes on.

Or to get rid of Hill so Bill can rise once again, unfettered by the kind of strident feminist whose messages he once purported to support.

At the end of “Hamlet,” the king reveals his inner guilt and the knowledge that he is to be judged by God. He dies by Hamlet’s (Bill’s) poison-tipped sword (read: death to anyone who challenges the angry and vindictive narcissist-in-chief).

As it stands, Hillary, in her voracious appetite for power, is eerily similar to Queen Gertrude, who had great power when married to King Hamlet of Denmark, lusted for more power when she married another king shortly after his death, capitulated to her son’s disapproval by refusing to sleep with her new husband, but ultimately ended up – once again – being eclipsed by the main man in her life.

Plus ça change, plus la même chose.

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