Was it sexism that led Clinton to be more sympathetic to McDougal or was it something else? Was it simply that Susan McDougal proved to be far more determined to keep secrets than did Webster Hubbell? What had Hubbell done that so angered, or at least alienated him from, the Clintons?
The other archival video presents excerpts from Bill and Hillary's first drafts (in 2001) for their memoirs, which the Archivist released in November, 2007, as the "Dueling Memoirs." Of course, both Bill and Hillary deny the authenticity of the "Dueling Memoirs," so it has quickly become a "he-said/they-said" dispute between them and the Archivist. However, the Archivist believes that watching the video will leave the viewer strongly inclined to side with him in this controversy. Furthermore, says the Archivist, the dispute is not over what most people would today expect to be the likely focus of the dispute. What, then, is the dispute?
The dispute doesn't center around a debate over terminology, such as what the "meaning of 'is' is." Rather, it centers on how the political perspectives of both Bill and Hillary Clinton changed after 9-11. Since these "Dueling Memoirs" drafts were written in 2001 before 9-11, both of the Clintons expected she would be running against Al Gore for the 2004 nomination rather than deciding to bide her time until 2008.
Where can the "Dueling Memoirs" video be found? It's conveniently available for viewing in a video box on this page.
Who edited the "Dueling Memoirs"? It was the Librarian at the Clinton Liebrary. How accurate are they? "Very accurate," says the Librarian. When asked what is the most revealing thing in the video, the Librarian said, "Most people who've seen it think the most revealing thing is the exchange between Bill and Hillary over the effect of Bill's scandals on her original plans to run for the Presidency in 2004 after Gore's loss to Bush in 2000."
He continued: "At that time, neither she nor Bill believed she'd have to wait until 2008. Indeed, they both believed she'd defeat Gore for the nomination in 2004 and then win against Bush. Indeed, they continued thinking this until 9-11 intervened to change the entire political landscape."
Given the current deadlock between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, some experts think Al Gore is waiting in the wings to be the "compromise" candidate. Of course, the question remains whether he'd give up his new-found "carbon-credits" pyramid scheme, which has made him tens of millions of dollars. On the other hand, he needs to cash in quickly in light of the rapidly growing number of scientists becoming willing to publicly admit that Gore's "Man-Is-Warming-The-Planet" is theology rather than science. So, who knows what Gore will do. He even had a Super Bowl ad on the subject, but those who saw it said, "it stunk."
--Jim Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.Com; Archivist at the Clinton Liebrary.
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