Originally created 01/18/00

Hails 'Slime balls' cartoon of Clintons



Elaine van der Linden's recent attack on Rick McKee's cartoon, "Slime balls," began with the statement that she "can respect anyone's opinion on politics, religion or anything else." She then blasts Mr. McKee's work (she really "likes" him), anyone who doesn't think Hillary Clinton "an attractive lady," The Chronicle and "people who yammer about Mr. Clinton's behavior."

Bad news for Mrs. Van der Linden! Many millions of patriotic, respectful and religious Americans believe the term "slime balls" is appropriate to the Clintons. The behavior of the Clintons -- during their White House stay -- exhibits a profound lack of respect for the office of the presidency. His is a matter of public record. Hers, at this point in time, is more subjective. However, if Mrs. Clinton did not have the immunity of her position as first lady, it is quite possible that Travelgate and Filegate alone could have given her the title of "first felon."

Out of love (per her admirers) or out of a desire for power (per her detractors), Mrs. Clinton enabled her husband to carry on an Out of love (per her admirers) or out of a desire for power (per her detractors), Mrs. Clinton enabled her husband to carry on an aggressive and constant extra-

marital sex life. Now that the public has been exposed to the fruits of her enabling, Mrs. Clinton has decided it's politically expedient to play the wronged woman who just might have to ditch the man who wronged her.

She forgets one important detail: Bill Clinton, for all his faults, has more political savvy in his little finger than she will ever possess in her entire being. Without his "finger in the wind" political adroitness, she's unlikely to end up in the U.S. Senate. Back in Little Rock? More likely it will be a partnership in a prestigious Manhattan law firm, if they'll hire an attorney who can do 60 hours or so on a case and remember none of the details.

Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez