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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Mrs. Bill Clinton: A Shameless Hypocrite

Mrs. Bill Clinton (the only reason she has attained the political position she has is because she is, at least from a legal perspective, married to Bill Clinton), the presumed Democrat Party presidential candidate front-runner, has always been a shameless hypocrite. She continued her hypocritical ways by calling for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this morning for his involvement in the firing of eight US Attorneys for lack of performance.

Never mind that was a legitimate action for the President and his Attorney General. Also never mind that early in his first term, Mrs. Clinton’s husband simultaneously fired all 93 US Attorneys giving 10 days to vacate their offices. Some of those fired just happened to be in the midst of criminal investigations of the Clintons and their some of their political allies on multiple charges.

Finally a major media outlet has had the courage to call Mrs. Clinton on her hypocrisy. From a story in today’s Wall Street Journal:
At the time, President Clinton presented the move as something perfectly ordinary: "All those people are routinely replaced," he told reporters, "and I have not done anything differently." In fact, the dismissals were unprecedented: Previous Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, had both retained holdovers from the previous Administration and only replaced them gradually as their tenures expired. This allowed continuity of leadership within the U.S. Attorney offices during the transition.

Equally extraordinary were the politics at play in the firings. At the time, Jay Stephens, then U.S. Attorney in Chicago, was investigating then Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, and was "within 30 days" of making a decision on an indictment. Mr. Rostenkowski, who was shepherding the Clinton's economic program through Congress, eventually went to jail on mail fraud charges and was later pardoned by Mr. Clinton.

Also at the time, allegations concerning some of the Clintons' Whitewater dealings were coming to a head. By dismissing all 93 U.S. Attorneys at once, the Clintons conveniently cleared the decks to appoint "Friend of Bill" Paula Casey as the U.S. Attorney for Little Rock. Ms. Casey never did bring any big Whitewater indictments, and she rejected information from another FOB, David Hale, on the business practices of the Arkansas elite including Mr. Clinton. When it comes to "politicizing" Justice, in short, the Bush White House is full of amateurs compared to the Clintons.
Basically the only thing the Bush Administration is guilty of in this routine action is not playing hardball politics with people who will say or do anything to harm the Bush presidency or acquire political power for themselves. Hopefully the Administration and some Republicans in Congress will have the courage to take Mrs. Clinton's outrageous statements as a golden opportunity to to put the shrew on the defensive by pointing out how the Clintons politicized the offices of US Attorneys.

Uncle Rush was right when he warned us at the time President Clinton and the power-hungry Mrs. Clinton left office (along with a lot of White House property) that these people would be like a bad vaudeville act that refuses to leave the stage. Mrs. Clinton’s hypocritical effort to make an issue where there is none is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how ruthless, shameless, and corrupt she and her husband truly are.

Hopefully the American people will wise up and take on the role of a stage manager with a long hook and spare the country a return to the dark days of another Clinton Administation.

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