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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Scandal Surround Hillary Clinton Everywhere She Turns

The latest scandal which has the blogosphere buzzing with criticism from the right side and the left is the latest debate and CNN's, who hosted the most recent Democratic debate, lack of full disclosure and conflict of interest, with one of their contributors, James Carville, s a friend and "maxed-out" donor to the Presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein says going forward CNN anchors will be explicit about the Carville-Clinton connection. "He's not on the Hillary payroll, but he's on the Hillary bandwagon, and that should be disclosed as much as we can," Klein told The Times. "I wasn't comfortable with it myself as I watched it."

In and of itself this is relatively minor, but seen in conjunction with the recent scandals that have beset Hillary Clinton over the recent months, shows a campaign in trouble should Democrats nominate her as the candidate of choice for the 2008 presidential elections, which it seems as though they are likely to do.

Last week
the scandal was about a planted question, where Mrs. Clinton called upon a "random" questioner in a crowd of a couple hundred, and later that young woman, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff told reporters that she was approached and coached on what question to ask.

CNN followed up with an interview with Ms. Gallo-Chasanoff where she said "a senior Clinton staffer asked if she'd like to ask the senator a question after an energy speech she gave in Newton, Iowa, on November 6":

Her Reply:

"I sort of thought about it, and I said 'Yeah, can I ask how her energy plan compares to the other candidates' energy plans?'" Gallo-Chasanoff said.

"'I don't think that's a good idea," the staffer said, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, "because I don't know how familiar she is with their plans."

He then opened a binder to a page that, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, had about eight questions on it.

"The top one was planned specifically for a college student," she added. " It said 'college student' in brackets and then the question."

You can watch that interview, via YouTube for yourself, right here.

Following this Ms. Gallo-Chasanoff disclosure, another man stepped forward alleging that the Clinton campaign had also approached the gentleman, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, at a previous debate, Hayler to ask a question about how she was standing up to President Bush on the question on funding the Iraq war and a troop withdrawal timeline.

Further scandals that have plagued Hillary Clinton recently include but are not limited to:

Norman Hsu, a fundraiser and donor to Hillary Clinton that was a fugitive of the law for over a decade;

Samuel Rivera, Mayor of New Jersey and a Clinton supporter, recently arrester for corruption;

The very public "Paul vs Clinton" legal battle where Hillary will have to testify under oath about Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign understating over $750,000 in contributions to her 2000 Senate campaign, from one Peter Paul, that will be heard in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Hillary’s campaign initially denied even knowing Peter Paul, and then later, admitted meeting him but never had a conversation regarding his contribution to her campaign;

Hillary Clinton's association with the 527 Group, America Coming Together, financed by George Soros, which has been fined $775,000 for violating campaign finance laws.

Her association with that group is via, Harold Ickes, president of America Coming Together, who just "happened" to be a former Bill Clinton Top Aide.

Clinton often refers to criticisms about her as a "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" but the fact of the matter is, if these situations of her own making did not exist, that conspiracy would have no ammunition against her.

Politics is a nasty business and anybody that jumps into the fray, especially to hold the highest office in the country, must expect every aspect of their lives, their business decisions, their supporters, their campaigns and donors to be scrutinized under a magnifying glass.

If they cannot hold up under such scrutiny, then they should not be in the race to begin with.