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1Feb/080

A Bad Day for Clinton…

Hillary Clinton... is a good day for me! :)

Yesterday an avalanche of bad news came crashing down hard. Here's a quick summary:

  • An ABC news story discovers that during her tenure as a board member of Walmart she did nothing to help unions as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers. Hillary now says she no longer shares Wal-Mart's values and believes unions "have been essential to our nation's success." How convenient.
  • David Broder in the Washington Post writes about how Barack Obama is the real Democratic frontrunner.
  • The Wall Street Journal presents a scathing indictment about how Hillary is attempting to use the same underhanded attacks that she suffered through during her Whitewater incident against Obama:

    No one who has ever practiced law, let alone Mrs. Clinton, could argue, with a clear conscience, that these five hours on behalf of a church group that partnered with a man who at a later point in time would be alleged to be a scoundrel equated to knowingly representing a Chicago slumlord. Yet she could not resist leveling the accusation.

    I suggest that this provides a window into Mrs. Clinton's character because notwithstanding the enormous suffering she had to endure when accused of wrongful conduct in her representation of Madison Guaranty — a representation that appears to have been no more than a routine business transaction — she is willing to behave no differently than did her Whitewater accusers if she can gain politically.

  • The New York Times reports on a shady 2005 uranium mining deal between Bill, Mr. Giustra (a business man), and Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan's president):

    Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader’s bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton’s public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton’s wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

    Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.
    ...
    Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month.

  • Oh, and one more thing: Barack Obama, who presents a very real hope for change and progress in America (in my humble opinion), raised a massive $32 million dollars in January. Go, Obama, GO!
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