Tough Times Ahead for Senator Clinton
by Setrak, Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 03:23:45 PM EDT
No matter how many claims of being "fully vetted," no matter how much you say that you are transparent, in the end it only matters until it doesn't. It no longer matters how much Hillary says she has been vetted. It no longer matters how often her surrogates say that she is a very open person who has undergone decades of scrutiny. It no longer matters how many years of tax returns are available for the public.
It no longer matters because she is no longer "fully vetted."
Less than 24 hours after the release of Clinton's schedule as First Lady, and the Associated Press has already begun to find a few interesting nuggets. ( http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/p olitics/5633560.html , http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 308/From_the_schedules_Working_on_Nafta. html#comments )
Clinton says her years as first lady equip her to handle foreign policy and national security as president.
But the schedules show trips packed with plainly traditional activities for a first lady, along with some substance.
This is not so surprising, especially after a review of factcheck.org( http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/ hillarys_adventures_abroad.html ).
This next comment from the Clinton campaign is such the political answer.
The Clinton campaign said the schedules are merely a guide and don't reflect all of her activities.
Indeed. And what was that about Hillary not being enthusiastic about NAFTA?
She was also involved in helping her husband win congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal she now criticizes and says she would try to change.
Oh. Jack Tapper at ABC has more( http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/ 2008/03/clintons-1993-n.html ).
It wasn't a drop-by it was organized around her participation," said one attendee. "Her remarks were totally pro-NAFTA and what a good thing it would be for the economy. There was no equivocation for her support for NAFTA at the time. Folks were pleased that she came by. If this is a still a question about what Hillary's position when she was First Lady, she was totally supportive if NAFTA.
Considering that the schedules haven't even been released for a full day, one really has to wonder what else will be found. What dots shall be connected? Will there be any? Will this revive some of the old scandals? Almost certainly. Everyone is combing through the records. What has the Clinton campaign responded with? "Obama, release your schedule as a state senator!" Silly silly.
April 15th is a full week before the primary contest in Pennsylvania. If Clinton doesn't release her tax returns, expect there to be a lot of well-deserved criticism. Obama has been pretty vetted in the last couple of weeks- Hillary's turn is coming up.