Put this in the department of excavating data.
From Sally Bedell Smith’s book on the Clintons I excised two short snippets. Now, Ms. Smith is not pro-Clinton. As far as I know she’s not anti-Clinton. She also did a tough biography and Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s marriage. One thing she does have is access, which produced nuggets that dismantle the Obama team’s drivel that Hillary was ever pro NAFTA. Sally Bedell Smith is rough enough on the Clintons in her book that you can take these two sections, which reveal the heart of Hillary’s antipathy towards NAFTA, to the bank.
… The economic team and other key advisors, including Mack McLarty, Mickey Kantor, and David Gergen, were likewise urging Bil to use his momentum to push for congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). …had been negotiated by the Bush administration and was slated to expire if not ratified by January 1, 1994. Liberal Democrats, including Hillary, opposed it primarily because it could
take jobs away from American workers. But as an advocate of global economic
cooperation, Bill was drawn to its free-trade philosophy. … ..
For Love of Politics, by Sally Bedell Smith (pg. 117)
Opponents of Clinton, including Senator Obama and his Obama bloggers, like to point to NAFTA saying
that Hillary was for it when her husband was pushing for ratification in January
1994. When was the last time a first lady openly
opposed an important policy of her president husband? This, evidently, is what
Hillary Clinton was expected to do. It’s nonsense.
… ..Another evending, the Jordans arranged a dinner at a restaurant with Paul
Allaire, the chairman of Xerox, and his wife, Kay. “Clinton really
wanted to talk to Paul about NAFTA, to get the view of business,” recalled
Kay Allaire. “Hillary made clear that she opposed NAFTA. The President
was curious, asking lots of questions, listening carefully. Hillary remained
aloof and said little. …”
For Love of Politics, by Sally Bedell Smith (pg. 120)
Clear enough for you?
Of course, I’ve pointed out others who say the same thing about Hillary opposing NAFTA, like Carl Bernstein, who certainly is not a Hillary fan, as well as David Gergen, who worked for WJC, and was involved in the NAFTA deliberations.
But excavating the two snippets above should close it, though I’m under no illusion that it will.