Friday, September 14, 2007

Unbridaled arrogance

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Whereas the Kennedy dynasty refined their arrogant and corrupt legacy in gentrified Massachusetts snobbery and insulation--keeping the corruption within the family or very quietly with their go-to but distanced operatives--the Clintons, this next possible dynasty of American politics, do it so heavy-handed and surrounded by such low-life characters that it simply amazes those not somehow under their spell.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHillary's arrogance this week was on display for all; her righteous lecturing of General Patreus on camera and the quieter event of bringing scandal-burden Sandy 'the burglar' Berger in to her campaign team.

Hsus And Socks

You can tell the man who boozes,
by the company he chooses ...
and the pig got up and slowly walked away.

The poem by Clarke Van Ness warns people that they will be judged by the actions of those with whom they choose to associate -- and even a pig has enough sense to walk away from disaster. Hillary Clinton has a big problem with her associates, and it's self-inflicted. Lost in the Norman Hsu shuffle, the news that Hillary has asked former Clinton national-security adviser Sandy Berger to join her campaign should cause even more questions about her judgment and her ethics:
The more experienced Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has relied largely on her husband and a triumvirate of senior officials from his presidency—former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke and former national-security adviser Sandy Berger (who tries to keep a low profile after pleading guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor charges of taking classified material without authorization).
Berger didn't just commit some technical violation, either. He went to the National Archives on behalf of Bill Clinton as part of the investigation of the 9/11 attacks. While there, he deliberately hid highly classified material in his socks to avoid detection and dropped them under a trailer on a break. Later, he retrieved the material and took it home, and wound up destroying the evidence while his nation tried to find as much material on Clinton-era counterterrorism efforts in order to better protect ourselves in the future.

Given that despicable behavior, what political candidates would ever associate themselves with Berger again? Even John Kerry dumped Berger when the crime came to light. He knew better than to associate himself with someone who obstructed an investigation into the worst attack on American soil -- a man who may have covered up actions which would have proven embarrassing to Bill Clinton, and a major stumbling block to the presidential aspirations of his wife.

We now have two examples of Hillary Clinton associating herself with people of low character and criminal behavior. Unlike the pig in the song, Hillary not only has not removed herself from the gutter, she seems to be encouraging the ethically challenged to join her there. How many more of these characters will we discover in the Hillary campaign? How many more will the Democrats need to see before ending the sleaze train?

Richard Miniter has more personal recollections of Berger's efforts to keep the Clinton errors quiet. He also ends with a very pertinent question:
My informed sources suggest that what Berger destroyed were copies of the Millennium After-Action Review, a binder-sized report prepared by Richard Clarke in 2000—a year and half before the 9-11 attacks. The review made a series of recommendations for a tougher stance against bin Laden and terrorism. There are 13 or more copies of this report. But only one contains hand-written notes by President Bill Clinton. Apparently, in the margin beside the recommendations, Bill Clinton wrote NO, NO, NO next to many of the tougher policy proposals. ...
Did she bring him aboard to reward him for his criminal destruction of classified material? Or did she sign him up because of his stellar record in fighting bin Laden in the late 1990s?

UPDATE: I almost forgot Peyton's sock! In fact, I did forget it until Peyton sent me a reminder...

Posted by Ed Morrissey on September 13, 2007 10:02 AM |