By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – For months, the Donald Trump campaign has tried with limited success to remind us all about the Bill Clinton sex scandals of the 1990’s. Watching Melania Trump’s interview on CNN Monday night, I was reminded of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s infamous “60 Minutes”interview in the run-up to the 1992 New Hampshire primary, and the comparison isn’t flattering.

For starters, the “60 Minutes” interview featured the Clintons together, holding hands, conceding problems in their marriage but pledging to work through them together.

Last night Mrs. Trump was sent out to face the cameras all alone, and while she did defend her husband, she did so in the flat, unemotional tone of someone reading their lines from a script.

As in her convention speech, her words were fine but lacked discernible passion, or any anecdotes that might explain her professed trust in him.

Back in 1992, Bill Clinton was a young, appealing candidate with an obvious grasp of policy and an optimistic vision of the future. That made it easier for voters to buy his campaign spin that the infidelity was a distraction, a personal flaw interfering with what he might do for people as president.

Donald Trump is an old, widely unappealing candidate with little to say about policy beyond a few punch lines and a harshly negative view of the country and the campaign. An unprecedented percentage of voters already didn’t like him – his juvenile vulgarity may have expanded and cemented that sentiment, if the current polls are any indication.

Back then, the Bill and Hillary show saved his campaign.

I doubt Melania Trump did the same Monday night.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Comments (15)
  1. bees_knees_6 says:

    He was egged on. It wasn’t his fault. He was weak and let himself be influenced by others who were saying not nice things. He didn’t really mean what he said. Or is it he said what he didn’t mean. And for heavens sake will the media stop picking on him. He will apologize and take responsibility for his actions… soon as he is elected on November 28. In the meantime, any press is good press. You’d think by now his followers would have figured out that he deliberately baits the media. They think it is hurting him. He knows that any press is good press and, as such, uses the media and sadly his followers.

    Carry on……I have a whole new batch of popcorn!

  2. mstarvin says:

    She did not try to destroy these women…Hillary did and in most of the cases succeeded. Bill didn’t just talk dirty he raped and sexually assaulted these women and Hillary tried to discredit his victims and destroy their reputations.

  3. paul dowd says:

    I loved Bill Cosby and was shocked when I heard about the first accusation. Then the floodgates opened. We found out what kind of man he really is. I never liked Trump and was not at all surprised to hear the garbage he spoke into the hot mic that was pinned to his lapel. Then, after his denial in the debate, the floodgates opened.
    As for his supporters, it seems that some take him for his word that the accusations are false and others know the truth but have to stick with him because they can’t except Clinton.

    1. The Owl says:

      And what, Roudy, do you think about the ever increasing evidence that Hillary Clinton is a crook?

      The is a reason why a lot of people are supporting anyone “except” Clinton.

      I will NOT be voting for Trump, and I’ be damned if I am going to vote for Clinton.

      1. Concerned American says:

        Roudy probably thinks there’s no such evidence because ABC, CBS, CNN (Clinton News Network), MSNBC and NBC haven’t shared the e-mail findings that have been coming out in their shameless attempt to manipulate the election.

      2. bees_knees_6 says:

        And you are wise enough to know that will, in fact, be a vote for Trump. So, yes, you are voting for Trump whether it is directly or not. And that, of course, is also your right.

      3. paul dowd says:

        I am disturbed by some of the things I have read. It always seems that she will go right up to the edge of breaking the law but not quite over it. I consider her lawyerly to an extreme. We have two candidates that are undesirable in their own ways. I have to vote for Clinton this time around to help send a resounding message to Trump and the party of Trump.
        C.A. I am aware of some evidence but evidence doesn’t necessarily imply guilt. The e-mails and speeches are interesting, sometimes boring but I don’t see criminal activity or criminal intent. Again, I am not a lawyer just one voter and I will only vote once in this election so don’t worry about voter fraud from me.

      4. Concerned American says:

        If Hillary had an “R” next to her name, Rowdy and BK would think the evidence pointed to guilty well beyond a reasonable doubt.

        And perhaps BK can explain, in her infinite wisdom, how a vote for someone who is not Donald Trump is a vote for Donald Trump.

      5. bees_knees_6 says:

        Rowdy…excellent comment. Not an easy decision this time around, but I completely agree with your very sensible assessment.

      6. mstarvin says:

        Paul go to the wikileak site and read the emails. She worked with the State Department and the head of the FBI to reclassify her email from classified to a lower rating to try to avoid being charged. This should worry even Democrats, imagine if Nixon did this and they ignored the erased tapes? This means that the equal protection under the law clause has been officially nullified and if you are not outraged you are not paying attention and are short sighted.

  4. bees_knees_6 says:

    “It doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness you want in a president,” Obama said. “You start whining before the game is even over? If whenever things are going badly for you, and you lose, you start blaming somebody else? Then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.”

    Brilliant…..and undeniably true.

    1. The Owl says:

      Interesting, Bees, that you quote Barack Obama who seems to have the thinnest skin of any human being in the world.

      Even when he is almost out of office he is whining about reporters shouting questions at him as he tries to scuttle away to evade having to face the press.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        Interesting how you both missed the point….not unpredictable, but interesting just the same.

  5. mikey says:

    It’s sad what some people will do for money.

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