A liberal New York Times columnist has written that she believes Juanita Broaddrick’s allegation that Bill Clinton raped her.
The headline of Michelle Goldberg’s current New York Times column is “I believe Juanita.” Goldberg explains:
“Of the Clinton accusers, the one who haunts me is Broaddrick . . . Put simply, I believe her.”
Adds Goldberg, “it’s fair to conclude that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society.” Does that mean we’ll be spared the spectacle of Bill on the podium at future Dem conventions?
Aficionados of talking-head panels will be familiar with Goldberg. Appearing often over the years on a range of shows, she has been a reliable advocate for the liberal position on the issues of the day. She was also previously a columnist at the left-wing Slate. Her liberal credentials are impeccable. So for someone like Goldberg to openly profess her belief that Bill Clinton is a rapist is significant, perhaps even shocking.
Goldberg was clearly reluctant to make her admission. She writes, “What to do with that belief? Contemplating this history is excruciating in part because of the way it has been weaponized against Hillary Clinton.”
And Goldberg frets, “we should err on the side of believing women, but sometimes, that belief will be used against us.”
But the bottom line is the bottom line. So kudos to Goldberg for airing her belief. Credit for candor also goes to Chris Hayes of MSNBC, who recently tweeted that Democrats “are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against” Bill Clinton.