Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may be longing for the 2008 campaign against Barack Obama.

Obama strode onto the political scene projecting an aura of history in the making as the first black president, and played by the rules – unfailingly polite to Clinton, defending her against charges by some – even at that time – that she was unlikable.

That was then, but this is now and Hillary faces a new opponent who seemingly has no boundaries.

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump, who is virtually assured the Republican nomination, has not made his billions, married beautiful women, and mingled with the rich and powerful by being a wallflower, and he seems to have no interest in holding back now in his quest to win the presidency.

When Clinton raised issues about Trump’s treatment of women, he counter-punched with a social media ad featuring tearful comments from women who have, in the past, accused Clinton’s husband, former president Bill, of sexual assault, including rape.

Mrs. Clinton was said to have spearheaded efforts to disparage the women at the time, both during the couple’s tenure at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas and in the White House, including forming the so-called “Bimbo Eruption” unit charged with handling the fallout from Bill Clinton’s indiscretions.

Trump has now signaled his willingness to go a step farther in mentioning a formally taboo subject, the suicide of an administration lawyer, Vince Foster, in the early days of the Clinton presidency.

Foster, a childhood friend of Mr. Clinton and colleague of Mrs. Clinton in a Little Rock law practice, shot himself in a Washington D.C. park in 1993, but rumors have surrounded the event ever since suggesting he was murdered in an administration cover-up.

Trump invoked the rumors in comments calling the official story “fishy,” pointing out “[Foster] knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide,” and saying the suggestion of foul play was “very serious.”

But Trump carefully avoided taking a stand saying he doesn’t “bring [the Foster case] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it … I don’t do that because I don’t think it’s fair.”

 

 

 

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