Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Six Things You Should Know About Hillary

by  Dick Morris, former political advisor to President William Jefferson Clinton

If you happen to see the Bill Clinton’s five minute T V ad for Hillary in which he introduces the commercial by saying he wants to share some things we may not know about Hillary's background … beware … as I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone.  I offer a few corrections.

1.  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.

2.  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.

3.  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 D C 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.

4.  Bill says:  "President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its chairman.”
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.

5.  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.

6.  Bill says:  "Hillary didn't succeed at getting health 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.

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