Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Rule of law? HILLARY?

President George W. Bush believes warrantless wiretapping to be justified by the threat of terrorism--which, as far as justifications go, is a pretty high-level danger.

As National Review's Byron York relates while discussing two new biographies, Would-Be President Hillary R. Clinton's threat threshold is just a little bit lower:

For example, we’ve all heard about the famous War Room of the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign. But Gerth and Van Natta reveal that across the alley from the War Room was a more secretive effort, headed by Hillary and known as the Defense Team, that really got into the down-and-dirty stuff. The Defense Team’s job was to knock down any allegation, no matter how well founded, about Bill Clinton’s girlfriends, his avoidance of the draft, Whitewater, Hillary Clinton’s legal work — anything that might hurt the campaign. And to do it by any means necessary, legal or not: Gerth and Van Natta report that on one occasion Mrs. Clinton listened to a “secretly recorded audiotape” of Clinton adversaries talking on the phone about the next possible bimbo eruption. “Bill’s supporters monitored frequencies used by cell phones,” Gerth and Van Natta add, “and the tape was made during one of those monitoring sessions.” Who knew that Mrs. Clinton was an early advocate of warrantless wiretapping?

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again--the more I hear about Hillary Clinton, the harder it is to believe that anyone could take her seriously as a candidate.

That she has at least an even chance of actually winning the presidency is scary.


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