November 16, 2007

Democrats Don't Have Cronies

The breaking story that the Hillary Clinton campaign has taken donations from three people who were pardoned by her husband on his way out the White House door is everywhere today.

But it's hard to greet these revelations with anything but a yawn. We're a year away from the election, and the Clinton camp has us nearly inured to outrage by the sheer number of shabby campaign money incidents already exposed. Relying on scandal fatigue was a signature strategy of the 90's too.

But this is my favorite part of the article:

One of the pardonees who has become a donor to Sen. Clinton is David Herdlinger, a former prosecutor in Springdale, Ark., who, according to press accounts at the time of his pardon pleaded guilty in 1986 to mail fraud after taking bribes to reduce or drop charges against defendants charged with drunken driving offenses.

Now a life and business coach in Georgia, Herdlinger was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001; he donated $1,000 to Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign in August.

A corrupt prosecutor convicted of fraud and bribery, the guy is now "a life and business coach." You just can't make this stuff up.

Posted by dan at November 16, 2007 12:54 AM