Bill Clinton got away with a lot.
He weathered all the reports — and there were plenty — that he had state troopers procure him pretty women when he was governor of Arkansas. He survived allegations that he had numerous extra-marital sexual affairs. And then he somehow dodged all the women who said he raped or sexually assaulted them.
Bubba even had a pretty gross affair with a White House intern his daughter's age, including sex in the Oval Office — and had fellow Democrats defend him!
But 2017 is different and it seems as if some Democrats are circling back on the Randy Horndog. As super liberal Maureen Dowd wrote in The New York Times last week: "It’s easy to turn on the Clintons these days and treat them as collateral damage, the way the Clintons treated all those women who got tangled up with Bill."
Now come new charges that Clinton sexually assaulted other women, courtesy of author Ed Klein. Klein, the former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine wrote a book about Clinton, "Guilty as Sin" in 2016, and his latest book, "All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump," was released last month.
"Bill Clinton is facing explosive new charges of sexual assault from four women, according to highly placed Democratic Party sources and an official who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations," Klein writes in the Daily Mail.
Lawyers representing the women, who have joined forces, "have notified Clinton they are preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him" and the attorneys "are asking for substantial payouts in return for their clients' silence."
The negotiations in the new lawsuits are said to have reached a critical stage:
If they fail, according to sources in Clinton's inner circle, the four women are said to be ready to air their accusations of sexual assault at a press conference, making Clinton the latest — and most famous — figure in a long list of men from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey who have recently been accused of sexual assault.
The new allegations refer to incidents that took place more than 10 years ago, in the early 2000s, when Clinton was hired by Ron Burkle, the playboy billionaire investor, to work at his Yucaipa companies.
Clinton helped Burkle generate business and flew around the world with a flock of beautiful young women on Burkle's private jet, which was nicknamed 'Air F**k One.'
The four women, who have not yet revealed their identities, were employed in low-level positions at the Burkle organization when they were in their late teens and claim they were sexually assaulted by the former president.
Klein writes that when contacted for comment, a member of Clinton's legal team said: "Obviously, I'm aware of [the allegations] but can't talk about them."
And Klein catalogues how both Bill and his ever-ambitious wife are handling the supposed allegations:
"Bill is distraught at the thought of having to testify and defend himself against sex charges again," said a Democratic Party official who is familiar with the case.
"He hopes his legal team can somehow stop the women from filing charges and drag him through the mud."
The source added that Hillary Clinton is furious with her husband for getting entangled in yet another sexual scandal.
She reportedly offered to hire private detectives to dig up dirt on the women, but Bill Clinton's attorneys persuaded her to not interfere.
"In the past Hillary had a team of detectives that managed to silence a number of women in Little Rock who had complaints about Bill's unwanted sexual advances," said the source.
But now Hillary admits there's a different atmosphere in our culture about sexual harassment and it's not possible to intimidate women into silence about charges once they make up their mind to speak up.
Sure sounds about right.