“I’m talking about you Vladimir.”

Hillary smacks Putin.

During a visit to the Council of Foreign Relations, former Secretary of State Clinton had some less than kind things to say about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Recently, Putin called Hillary “weak.” Perhaps as payback, in her interview she said it is difficult to form a relationship with Putin, and specifically mentioned him by name.

The comment from Hillary follows an interview Putin gave earlier in June in which he said, “It is better not to argue with women.”

“It’s better not to argue with women,” Putin said during an interview for Radio Europe 1 and TF1 TV channel Tuesday. “But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements.”

While noting that he and Clinton have had cordial conversations at international events, he added, “When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”

The interviewer went on to say the he was “sure” Putin respects women, but asked whether Clinton had gone too far.

“Someday I will indulge myself and we will laugh together at some good joke. But when I hear such extreme statements, to me it only means that they don’t have any valid arguments,” Putin said.

While this sort of back-and-forth insult might not be the best for U.S. foreign policy, if Hillary becomes the second President Clinton, her interaction with Putin will in itself be an entertaining event.

YouTube video courtesy of Mashable.

Hillary sets the record straight.

Hard Choices by Hillary ClintonAnyone who has followed Hillary’s career knows she is a favorite target for the GOP and countless others on the right end of the political spectrum. I’ve personally watched the attacks go on for at least 20 years, and I’m sure that we can go back to her Little Rock days and find much of the same thing.

I’ve come to the conclusion that her attackers are basically afraid of her. She has beat them at their own game time after time. She’s one of the most lethal adversaries a right-wing politician will ever face.

Her supporters are equally enthusiastic in their admiration for Hillary. She doesn’t quite walk on water, but some pro-Hillary types that I know probably believe she can.

Now her latest book, Hard Choices, tells her side of the story during her service as Secretary of State. You can expect conservative reviews to pan the book and Hillary. You can also expect progressives and other left-leaning pundits to write glowing reviews, and forget as we all sometimes do that reality is always sifted through our own unique perspective. Obviously, that goes for Hillary as well.

The best thing to do is to get your hands on your own copy of her book and read it. Don’t let others — including me — draw your conclusions for you. This is a task you need to do yourself.

Bill Clinton’s affairs are still an issue.

I wish I could forget about Monica Lewinsky, the stained blue dress, the cigars, and BJs in the White House.

By and large, I was pretty happy with the Clinton Administration. After decades of mental abuse at the hands of Reagan and Bush Sr., it was a relief to have a president that I agreed with on most policy issues. Then there was the Hillary Factor — for me, obviously, another plus.

Then I read today the story of Genarlow Wilson, a young man serving 10 years in prison for having oral sex with a girl when they were teenagers.

According to the AP story, what Wilson did was against Georgia law. They have since changed the law, but at the time he committed the nasty deed, Georgia said it was a felony for teens to have consensual sex.

Now they want to release Wilson, but D.A. David McDade has released a video of Wilson having oral sex with a 15 year-old and intercourse with another teen at a New Year’s Eve party. Some are accusing McDade of distributing child pornography because the participants are underaged.

I am writing about Wilson not just because his case is troubling in its own right; I am bringing this up because it makes me think of Bill Clinton.

Consider this: Georgia sentenced a teen to 10 years in prison for a sexual act that Bill Clinton also committed in the White House. Sure, Monica was not a minor and was a very willing participant. But that’s besides the point. What’s relevant during this presidential season is that other voters will make a similar connection to Bill Clinton every time they read a story like the one about Wilson. And that’s not good news for Hillary.

Like many with my political beliefs, I have tried to forget about all this. “Bad judgment” is how I have excused Bill Clinton’s affairs. Pardoning him that way is easy when you look at his successor, who has shown such bad judgment on so many issues of far greater consequence.

Still, the images of Bill Clinton’s disgraceful behavior in the White House just won’t go away.

The most famous quotation from Bill Clinton’s presidency won’t be about health care, or Bosnia, or Iraq, or the economy. It will be the lie he told a national audience on January 28, 1998, when he said: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”