Saturday, March 18, 2006

Can this be true?

I got bored with the Dubai ports deal early on and stopped paying attention, but fortunately The Prowler did not:
If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton did not know about her husband's standing with the United Arab Emirates and with Dubai World Ports, members of her Senate staff most assuredly did.
"There were enough people in the Clintons' orbit who were potentially going to be part of the deal," says an employee of a firm that does work for both Clintons. "We were pursuing work on the ports deal, and we cleared our participation with Clinton's office. We didn't want there to be a conflict."
In fact, at least two senior outside advisers to Senator Clinton were attempting to get business out of the Port Deal, and President Clinton was the go-between. Associates with the Glover Park Group, which houses just about the entire shadow staff for Hillary's run-up to a Democratic presidential bid, were attempting to get a slice of the DPW deal before the deal was made public about three weeks ago.
According to current and former President Clinton staff, Hillary Clinton's Senate office was aware that Glover Park was in the running to do work on the DPW deal."
She was also very much aware of President Clinton's financial arrangements with the UAE," says a former Bill Clinton staffer. "We're talking about more than a million dollars, some of paid out soon out after they left the White House. That income helped the Clintons buy the properties that allow them to live both in New York and Washington, D.C. This was not an insignificant financial arrangement."

Holy blockbuster, Batman! If this was Tom DeLay's spouse lobbying for a foreign government or if this was Bill Frist's staff angling for a slice of the DPW action, the story would be on the cover of Time and Newsweek, front page of the NY Times and the Washington Post, leading the broadcast every night on CBS, ABC and NBC, and 24/7 on CNN! Quick, get me Bob Woodward's cell phone number! Send a fax to Russert's producer! And e-mail Blitzer, ASAP!

If this is true, I'm shocked that Republicans aren't demanding an investigation. Foreign contributors funnelling OVER $1 MILLION to the spouse of a U.S. Senator? This would be a HUGE scandal. No wonder Hillary was against the DPW deal -- if she had come out in favor of it, the disclosure of Bill's Dubai deals could have destroyed her political career.

Again, I repeat: IF this is true. Still, even if it's just gossip, and even though Hillary campaigned against the DPW deal, can you imagine if someone even suggested such a thing about a Republican? Every network satellite truck in Washington would have been camped out in front of that Republican's house the next morning -- a huge story.

But even though I'm in the news business, listen to talk radio, keep tabs on the blogosphere AND just happened to have recently co-written a book about Democratic scandals, I totally missed this Prowler item until I saw where Bob Parks quoted it on his blog. And what really caught my eye was this little tidbit from an MSNBC story that Bob linked:
Officials from the UAE also donated between $500,000 and $1m to fund Mr
Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas.

Wow, that sounds kind of familiar -- a lot like something in Chapter Nine of DONKEY CONS. Hmmm. Let's see, big contributions to the Clinton library and something about a scandal. Escapes my memory. Oh, well, pardon me.

And I've also forgotten something else, so somebody please help me remember: Who is the "party of the rich"?

-- McCAIN