ANALYSIS WORTH READING:
by Dick Morris, former political advisor to President Bill Clinton
If you happen to see the Bill Clinton
five minute TV ad for Hillary in which he introduces the commercial by
saying that he wants to share some things we may not know about
Hillary's background . .
As I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than
just about anyone, I offer a few corrections;
Bill says: "In law school, Hillary
worked on legal services for the poor."
The facts are: Hillary's main
extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers,
on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent. She
went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee
trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.
Bill says: "Hillary spent a year after
graduation working on a children's rights project for poor kids."
The facts are: Hillary interned with
Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob
when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San
Francisco to take an internship with him.
Bill says: "Hillary could have written
her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers."
The facts are: She flunked the DC bar
exam, yes, flunked, it is a matter of record, and only passed the
Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas, none, and only got
hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because
Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose
Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a
partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.
Bill says: "President Carter appointed
Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its
The facts are: The appointment was in
exchange for Bill's support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted
Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a
majority away from Carter's choice to be chairman.
Bill says: "She served on the board of
the Arkansas Children's Hospital."
The facts are: Yes she did. But her
main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-mart
board of directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their
labor and health care practices.
Bill says: "Hillary didn't succeed at
getting heal th care for all Americans in 1994 but she kept working at
it and helped to create the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
that provides five million children with health insurance."
The facts are: Hillary had nothing to
do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between
Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. I know; I
helped to negotiate the deal. The money came half from the budget deal
and half from the Attorney Generals' tobacco settlement. Hillary had
nothing to do with either source of funds.
Bill says: "Hillary was the face of
America all over the world."
The facts are: Her visits were part of
a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by
feeding stories that Hillary was running the White House. Her visits
abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic and there was no substantive
diplomacy on any of them.
Bill says: "Hillary was an excellent
Senator who kept fighting for children's and women's issues."
The facts are: Other than totally
meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post
offices, she has passed only four substantive pieces of legislation. One
set up a national park in Puerto Rico . A second provided respite care
for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer's or other
conditions. And two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders
which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation. Presently she is
trying to have the US memorialize the Woodstock fiasco of 40 years ago.
Here is what bothers me more than
anything else about Hillary Clinton. She has done everything possible to
weaken the President and our country (that's you and me!) when it comes
to the war on terror.
1. She wants to close GITMO and move
the combatants to the USA where they would have access to our legal
2. She wants to eliminate the
monitoring of suspected Al Qaeda phone calls to/from the USA .
3. She wants to grant constitutional
rights to enemy combatants captured on the battlefield.
4. She wants to eliminate the
monitoring of money transfers between suspected Al Qaeda cells and
supporters in the USA.
5. She wants to eliminate the type of
interrogation tactics used by the military & CIA where coercion might be
used when questioning known terrorists even though such tactics might
save American lives.
One cannot think of a single bill
Hillary has introduced or a single comment she has made that would tend
to strengthen our country in the War on Terror.
But, one can think of a lot of comments she has made that weaken our
country and makes it a more dangerous situation for all of us.
Bottom line: She goes hand in hand
with the ACLU on far too many issues where common sense is abandoned.