Washington — Several years ago, while perusing material for my favorite department of “The American Spectator,” the Current Wisdom, I came across an obvious lie perpetrated by Terry McAuliffe, this season’s Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia. You will also see that it was quite bold and proud.
The Current Wisdom is a department of “The American Spectator” that includes quotations that are obviously foolish but rarely out-and-out lies. It was outright lying this time. Although it was foolish and more importantly, it was a lie. This was done by the future governor in the great state Virginia. He now wants to run again. Glenn Youngkin is his opponent. He should be careful with Youngkin’s Democratic rival who appears to be becoming desperate.
On page 58 of his 2007 memoir, “What A Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals,” McAuliffe wrote that in past issues, “The American Spectator” published articles “alleging” that Bill Clinton “ordered the murder of political opponents.” I very politely asked him during a chance encounter in the green room of MSNBC where I might find the errant quote or quotes. What issue was that in? Terry was then contacted by me. He may be called Terry, I believe. I think he called me Bob at the end of our correspondence. Remember, I edit “The American Spectator,” and if any of our aggressive young editors are pulling a fast one on me, I would want to know. In Arkansas, murder is also a crime.
My long-running correspondence with Terry revealed another lie. On July 11, 2007, he accused us at “The American Spectator” of taking “under-the-table money from an ultraconservative named Richard Mellon Scaife and used it to send reporters out to do just enough digging to give the veneer of truth to wild, unfounded charges.” What nonsense! Seth Lipsky, the founder and editor of the “New York Sun,” has called “The American Spectator” probably the most thoroughly investigated magazine in the country (thanks to Terry’s friends, the Clintons), and we were never investigated for taking money “under the table,” or for that matter, murder. He then prattled on about his “homeland of Ireland.” Actually, he was born in Syracuse, and he assumed the posture of a schoolmarm in lecturing me on the stylistic elements of a paragraph. As doubtful as it is that he ever wrote his memoirs I wouldn’t let him get into grammar issues with me.
Terry should take a different path regarding the outcomes of the investigation we did with the Federal Government and Bill’s with the Federal Government. At the Spectator, we at least ended the investigation hearing the word “exoneration” directed at us. Bill paid tens to thousands in fines, a term that Bill Clinton had never heard. After his five-year suspension of his law license, he was impeached and released by the Senate.
Back to Terry. Terry is back! “The American Spectator” is a magazine easily accessed in many public libraries, starting with the Library of Congress. To verify our statements about Bill and Hillary, anyone can simply go to any local library to look through the back issues. Each bound issue contains a yearly index. We also provide a yearly index at the back of every bound issue. It would be a strange thought to think that the Secret Service had paid me a visit years ago. Terry McAuliffe has clearly lied. But why would he lie to such an idiot?
Terry lies all the time, and that is why I believe it. Their supporters have become accustomed to their regular lying discourse. They most likely believe Terry’s lies. Glenn Youngkin might want to get used Terry’s lies. I would suggest that every time Terry tells a lie, Youngkin responds with, “There you go again.” That line has a familiar ring to it, no?