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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ruth Marcus, "The Clintons’ worst defender in chief": You Get What You Deserve

In a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "The Clintons’ worst defender in chief," uber-liberal Ruth Marcus refers us to an interview of Bill Clinton by NBC News's Cynthia McFadden:

"Will you continue to give speeches, McFadden asked? “Oh yeah,” Clinton responded, as if the notion of calling a halt during his wife’s presidential campaign were absurd. “I gotta pay our bills.”

Oh. My. God.

As if the first $500,000 speech, or the 11th, were not enough. As if the former president had not raked in more than $100 million on the speaking circuit since leaving office. As if stopping would leave the Clintons huddled around the kitchen table, worrying over which bills to pay.

. . . .

“There has been a very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down,” Bill Clinton said. “And there’s almost no new fact that’s known now that wasn’t known when she ran for president the first time.”

Not true. There have been lots of new facts occasioned by the simultaneity of Hillary Clinton’s service as secretary of state and the operations of Clinton Inc., both its charitable arm and its speech-making unit.

'We have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,' Bill Clinton asserted. 'Knowingly inappropriate' — the 2016 version of Al Gore’s 'no controlling legal authority.'"

But now consider a New York Times/CBS News poll which has just determined:

"Americans now view Mrs. Clinton more favorably and more see her as a strong leader than they did earlier in the year, despite weeks of scrutiny about her ethics.

. . . .

Mrs. Clinton remains a polarizing figure — nearly the same percentage of Americans view her positively as negatively — but her favorability rating has improved by nine percentage points since the disclosure in late March that she did not use a government email account as secretary of state.

. . . .

While roughly 48 percent of Americans say Mrs. Clinton is honest and trustworthy, about four of five Democrats think she has those traits — and about the same numbers of Democrats say she shares the values most Americans try to live by.

Fifty-two percent of Democrats said they knew nothing or very little about the Clinton Foundation."

Ultimately, if Hillary is elected president in 2016 and a White House bachelor suite is built for Bill, America will get what it deserves.

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