First came the Orwellian mash up YouTube video that portrayed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Big Brother. Then came a clip of her off-key rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Now, a stinging 13-minute video by a bitter Clinton foe is finding its own Internet audience.
The clip, a preview of a longer film by one-time Clinton donor Peter Paul, has scored more than 1.4 million hits on Google Video and about 350,000 on YouTube during the past week. Its popularity has driven it to the top spot on Google Video over the past two weeks.
Paul is a Hollywood entrepreneur, former partner of Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and convicted felon who has sued the Clintons in connection with a celebrity-packed fundraiser he helped organize for her 2000 Senate race. A California appeals court earlier this month ruled that Sen. Clinton should be dismissed from the suit. But Paul has devoted a Web site to the case and has been on tour in recent days showing his film, “Hillary Uncensored,” at New England College campuses. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to screen it at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Clintons have long argued that Paul’s criminal record discredits him and in court pleadings have denied Paul’s claims against them.
“Peter Paul is a professional liar who has four separate criminal convictions, two for fraud. His video repackages a series of seven- year-old false claims about Senator Clinton that have already been rejected by the California state courts, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee,” the Clinton campaign said in a statement. Paul’s anti-Clinton effort is getting help from two technical producers who set up the Web site for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the 2004 campaign that went after Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry by raising questions about his decorated military service in Vietnam.
Robert Hahn and Scott Swett operate http://www.HillCAP.org, the Web site that Paul set up in 2005 to showcase court documents, videos and news articles related to his lawsuit. The video trailer “Hillary Uncensored,” and the schedule for the movie are prominently displayed on the site. Among those featured in the video speaking in support of Paul is David Schippers, who served as chief investigative counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during President Clinton’s 1998 impeachment hearings. In his lawsuit and in the film, Paul says he spent $1.9 million for the August 2000 Hollywood fundraiser that featured such stars as Brad Pitt, Diana Ross and Cher. Paul maintains he organized the event because President Clinton falsely agreed to assist him in a new venture with Stan Lee after leaving the presidency in January 2000. Campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission estimated the cost of the event at about $500,000. An ensuing criminal trial of Clinton’s former national finance director, David Rosen, on charges that he lied to the FEC about the fundraiser resulted in an acquittal. At the time, Rosen’s lawyer said Paul concealed the actual cost of the event from Rosen, a claim Paul denies.
The complexities of the case are all fodder for the video clip and the movie, spiced with clips of Hollywood performers.
“Her abuse of her power as reflected in my case should make everybody pause about entrusting her with the reins of government,” Paul said in an interview.
Update 2:15pm Eastern. Scariest Halloween pumpkin ever!
Check out how many women and Democrats agree that Hillary Clinton would make the scariest Halloween costume of all the presidential candidates. The obvious point, of course, is that what sends chills down our spines is not so much her physical visage as the lifelong corruption, whatever-it-takes political ambition, and socialist poison behind the “let’s all have a conversation” mask:
Clinton, Giuliani Top Costume Picks
Once again, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in a poll. This time, she’s the top choice when people are asked which major 2008 presidential candidate would make the scariest Halloween costume.
Thirty-seven percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos survey this month chose the New York senator, the front-runner among Democratic presidential contenders. Fourteen percent selected former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who leads Republicans in national polls.
No other candidate exceeded 6 percent.
Clinton was the choice of four in 10 men and one-third of women. While a predictable two-thirds of Republicans picked her, she also was the choice of 18 percent of Democrats. Among members of her own party, that made her second only to Giuliani as the scariest costume.
Have you checked out Zombie’s Really Truly Hillary photo gallery?
Flashback Halloween Hillaryvids…the many faces and voices of Hillary Clinton: