In the runup to last week’s Pennsylvania primary, we heard so much about Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama’s comment about the bitterness of rural voters in he Keystone State that the media paid relatively little attention to Bill Clinton’s approximately simultaneous attempt to justify his wife’s misrepresentations of a trip she took as First Lady to Bosnia.Â His arrogance kept us from hearing more about the Clintons’ deceptions.
This past week, with media focus on the latest rantings of Jeremiah Wright, the Illinois Democrat’s former pastor, and some of the Senator’s other radical personal associations Hillary emerges as the sober alternative to her suddenly controversial challenger. Indeed, some leftists believe Wright is being paid to keep talking.
With this preacher in the news, the media has been giving short shrift to Mrs. Clinton’s own scandal. It seems she’s improving in the polls not so much because of her focus on issues (as she claims), but because she is the only Democratic alternative to Obama.
To be sure, a few bloggers took note of her inability to use a convenience store coffee machine. But, that story didn’t garner as much attention as Geroge H.W. Bush’s curiosity about a supermarket scanner. Guess, it’s only a story when a Republican seems out of touch with the modern technology we common folk use every day.
As Ms. Hillary escapes a media onslaught to which she would fall victim were there an (R) after her name, John F. Harris and Jim Vandenhei list some issues Obama would like the former First Lady to address (Via Volokh via Glenn). As they note, her rival’s supporters might argue that not all “Clinton controversies” have been “fully ventilated.”
They address her husband’s last-minute pardons, her brothers’ strange activities and unsavory associations, her failure to do much to reform health care in the past fifteen years (while claiming experience in government and assuming the mantle of leadership on the issue). Obama may have controversial friends, but her husband appointed corrupt ones to federal office, with her former law partner Webb Hubbell tapped for a top Justice Department post, shortly before being hauled off to the hoosegow.
While we’re all asking questions about Obama, we shouldn’t neglect those Ms. Hillary needs to answer. While she has released her White House schedule, she hasn’t been forthcoming about other documents from her White House year (that is, about that experience she touts) that her husband’s library is withholding. And we still don’t know all those funding that library.
This past week has been a good one for Mrs. Clinton, not so much because of speeches she has delivered or policies she has put forward, but because the media has started to scrutinize her opponent more severely. I wonder how she’d do if the focus were on her. Or if she had a rival with fewer shady associations.