Dictionary definition of congenital

1 a: existing at or dating from birth b: constituting an essential characteristic : inherent c: acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity
2: being such by nature

From William Safire in the New York Times
January 08, 1996

Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady – a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation – is a congenital liar.

At the time, he was referring to her tortured explanations of her cattle futures bonanza, Travelgate and Vince Foster’s missing files. Today, he could be talking about her combat experience in Bosnia or her tall tale about being named after Sir Edmund Hillary.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a look at a blockbuster column by Dan Calabrese who,

interviewed Jerry Zeifman, the man who served as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings, has tried to tell the story of his former staffer’s behavior during those proceedings for years. Zeifman claims he fired Hillary for unethical behavior and that she conspired to deny Richard Nixon counsel during the hearings…

Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.


“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

Hillary’s has always used her time on the Watergate committee as a way of demonstrating that she was one of the best and brightest of her generation. It’s a central part of her mythology. Not anymore. Now her time on the Watergate committee will be seen as further proof that William Safire was prescient in his observations of the former First Lady.