Wizbang classic has been hammering away at the latest tawdry money raising scandal of odds-on Democratic favorite, Hillary Clinton who has commanding lead particularly with Democratic women . Hillary for her all self-proclaimed experience, over Obama, seems to have a predilection for let's be polite, she could still be the nominee, 'shading the truth'. First, Hillary's reaction to the story that Hsu was a fugitive felon. "Obviously, we were all surprised by this news."
But it now emerges that in an e-mail obtained by 'The Los Angeles Times', a Clinton campaign staffer (who has now since left) told a California Democratic Party official in June that concerns about Hsu were unwarranted, after they conducted what must have been a very flimsy self-serving investigation.
"I can tell you with 100 certainty that Norman Hsu is NOT involved in a ponzi scheme," wrote Samantha Wolf, who was a campaign finance director for the Western states."He is COMPLETELY legit."
Was Hillary warned then? Hillary may lose 2% of her war chest now, but many of these unsophisticated little people in this disgraceful ponzi scheme could still lose a very large percentage of all their savings.
Aside from consistently raising money from functions put on by some well-known people who have had embezzlement or racketering brushes with the law: famously Peter Paul in Los Angeles, up to and including Rual Martinez in Florida, this weekend, there is the larger question of Hillary's promotion of generous- giving interest group$ and Washington Democratic corporate insiders.
Hillary tends to promote and represent interest groups, rather than appeal to wider general principles, as Edwards or Obama do. Her continued deference to the influential Florida Cubans is a good case in point. As contrasted to Obama who has called for an end to the embargo, Hillary proudly proclaims she will continue the US 1960 policy of blockading Cuba and it's extension in 1996, by BIll Clinton who signed "the senseless, retroactive and extraterritorial Helms-Burton law" .
Unfortunately, for Hillary there is one democratic interest group that Hillary Inc. has been unsuccessful at cultivating and for good reason. It is so diffuse and is interested in promoting progressive change on a wide array of issues, the so-called netroots movement that propelled Howard Dean to the DNC Chair in January, 2005. We may be poor but and we can't be bundled so easily.
Jeff Cohen has an excellent article from (last Tuesday) on common dreams, Hillary Rolls On: Are Netroots a Paper Tiger?
Despite being overwhelmingly opposed to the nomination of Hillary Clinton, the Netroots have so far done little to slow down her coronation. Boosted by celebrity-worshipping corporate media (and a maximum donation from Rupert Murdoch himself), Hillary Clinton keeps rolling on - allied with the corporate lobbyists and Democratic insiders loathed even by moderately liberal bloggers.
Maybe the sleazy Hsu ponzi donation scandal which seems so reminiscent of the crony corporate practices of Bush donors like Kenneth Lay of Enron, can be a first step into slowing down the Hillary coronation for the Democrat nomination. The right wing blogs may yet be doing the 'netroots' a favor, in pursuing this story with a passion, they can't 'conjure up' for their own numerous scandals.
UPDATE; Wednesday..Where did Hsu's money came from?.' If it looks too good to be true... it is.'. the return of these short-term (typically 4½ months) loans has been no less than 40%."
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