Smearing Bill to get Hillary?

From one who knows of such things, a prediction of what's to come.

Published August 8, 2007 4:36PM (EDT)

How will the Republicans bring down Hillary Clinton?

The man who found the link between Sen. David Vitter and the D.C. Madam says he knows how: They'll smear her through her husband.

In an interview with the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, investigative reporter Dan Moldea says he has it on "very, very good authority that major opposition research has already been conducted on Bill Clinton, and it's going to be a massive smear campaign against him." The plan, he says: Use a group of former intelligence officers to "cripple Hillary through Bill."

Moldea is no stranger to the concept. Working with Hustler's Larry Flynt during the Clinton impeachment saga a decade ago, Moldea unearthed the fact that GOP Rep. Bob Livingston, then on track to become speaker of the House, had engaged in extramarital affairs.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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