- Nov 22, 2003
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After she finished law school and was an assistant professor. So very common for law professors, especially females, just off of Vietnam War. Uh huh. For some unknown reason, this is being met with a bit of skepticism. Links at site, note this is the source, so there is spin:
HILLARY AND THE MARINES:
Some conservatives are skeptical about the strange episode, mentioned in my recent story about Hillary Clinton and Iraq, in which Hillary inquired about joining the US Marines in 1975. (This anecdote was first reported after Hillary disclosed it to a group of female veterans in 1994, but it seems to have largely been forgotten since.) Today NRO's Jim Geraghty is asking, "has anyone besides Hillary ever confirmed this story?" Not to my knowledge, although I personally find it harder than anti-Hillary conservatives to believe she would make such a thing out of whole cloth.
But others have offered a different sort of skepticism: not about whether Hillary really visited that recruiting office, but why. Some argue the only plausible explanation is that it was some kind of post-Vietnam feminist stunt--that Hillary wanted to see how a 27-year-old female assistant law professor would be treated by a recruiter. This seems more plausible than the notion of her simply inventing the story. But it's also not how Hillary first described the event to those veterans in '94--nor, as you can see in my story, did she take the chance to cast it this way when I asked her about it (though admittedly, doing so would make close to zero political sense for her). And to spin a "feminist stunt" as a sincere act of patriotism would be a wildly cynical act--even if that's how Hillary's detractors assume she always operates.