Monday, February 04, 2008

Hillary Outed on "35 Years" of Public Service

McClatchy seems to balance every pro-Hillary piece with a countervailing on-the-other-hand article. Contrary to her lying husband & her own sanctimonious self-prating endlessly about "35 Years" of non-profit service:
Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund for less than a year, and that's the only full-time job in the nonprofit sector she's ever had. She also worked briefly as a law professor.

Clinton spent the bulk of her career — 15 of those 35 years — at one of Arkansas' most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.

And as a lawyer, she knew how to operate behind the doors to get big money coming her way:
Clinton spent the bulk of her career — 15 of those 35 years — at one of Arkansas' most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.

Neither she nor her surrogates, however, ever mention that on the campaign trail. Her campaign Web site biography devotes six paragraphs to her pro bono legal work for the poor but sums up the bulk of her experience in one sentence: "She also continued her legal career as a partner in a law firm."

The full truth doesn't fit into the carefully crafted narrative the campaign has developed about Clinton, said Sally Bedell Smith, the author of "For Love of Politics," a study of the Clintons' partnership.

"She wants to be seen as someone who has devoted her life to public service," Smith said. "I suppose if you say it enough, maybe you can get people to believe it."

Spokesman Phil Singer said the campaign highlights Clinton's side work because it discovered early on that voters didn't know about it.

Although her spokesman says that, it turns out that she earned $200 thousand a year PLUS monies and privileges from serving on Boards of Directors, including liberal/union bete noire Wal-Mart!
Clinton did receive a smaller salary than most other Rose partners, topping out at about $200,000, in part because of her outside activities, according to several biographies.

But "these were all activities on the margins of her professional life, working as a corporate lawyer, representing corporations," biographer Smith said....

She also served on corporate boards, including that of retail giant Wal-Mart from 1986-1992, frozen yogurt purveyor TCBY from 1985-1992 and cement manufacturer LaFarge from 1990-1992. She earned tens of thousands of dollars in fees from each.

Clinton's firm represented Wal-Mart and TCBY while she sat on their boards, a cozy practice that corporate governance experts frown upon because of the potential for conflicts of interest.

So she's just another shyster lawyer like John Edwards, who thinks she can con older, dumber, less-educated female-type voters? Or, as Mickey Kaus only part humorously advises, the best candidate to vote for because she is a hopeless triangulator---like her chameleon-on-plaid hubby, Billy Jeff?
Vote Hillary. She won't get it done!

says Mickey, as she is so addicted to secrecy and exclusive small-tent democracy that Republicans and Dem moderates will block her chief initiatives on the left, leaving her with nickel-and-dime stuff in the middle.

Whereas Barack has the charisma to inspire a new way of looking at issues, through a prism of inclusiveness. Or so one would hope.

The McClatchy article finishes with Hillary's seamy underside, the Rose Law Firm billing records which mysteriously surfaced shortly after a subpoena for them expired:
...other aspects of Clinton's relationship with the Rose Law Firm could remind voters of the more controversial side of the Clinton legacy.

There was her work on behalf of Madison Guaranty, a failed savings and loan at the heart of the Whitewater investigation — the billing records of which were mysteriously found in a White House storage room years after investigators first asked for them. And there's Webster Hubbell, a Rose partner, Clinton pal and high-ranking Justice Department official who was convicted of fraud charges related to his work at the firm.

And other issues from her stint in the White House remain "unexonerated:" Travelgate, Livingstone's FBI file foray, Cattle futures, Bimbo eruption cover-ups, & many other examples of lawlessness & special pleading infest Hillary's resume---all escaping any Grand Jury investigation. I'm sure Bill Clinton thinks that a Clinton/McCain election will be well-behaved comes from McCain's liberal Dem-type adventures such as the Keating Five and other conflicts of interest.

Sadly, the Gang of Fourteen & Keating Five has now shrunk to a McCain One.

1 comment :

Donald Douglas said...

Well, I'm pulling for McCain. Maybe things will be alright among conservatives soon.

This has been wrenching!