President Bush commuted the jail term of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted over a CIA-leak case, on Monday.
White House spokesman Tony Snow accused the Clintons of “chutzpah” – Yiddish for brashness – in criticising Mr Bush.
President Clinton issued 140 pardons on his final day in office, including one for fugitive financier Marc Rich.
Mr Bush commuted the 30-month prison sentence but left in place a $250,000 (Â£124,000) fine, which Libby paid on Thursday, and a two-year “supervised release”, or probation, period. He has refused to rule out a full pardon for Libby.
The White House’s accusation of hypocrisy against the former president and first lady followed a radio interview in which Mr Clinton said the Bush administration viewed the law as a “minor obstacle”.
Mr Clinton, from the state of Arkansas, also rejected comparisons with his own controversial granting of pardons, saying “the facts were different”.
Mrs Clinton, a Democratic contender for the presidential elections in 2008, in turn accused the administration of having “elevated cronyism over the rule of law”.
White House spokesman Tony Snow responded: “I don’t know what the Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.”
He then referred critics to Mr Clinton’s pardons on the last day of his presidency, 20 January, 2001.
Oh the Hypocrisy……………
This issue with pardons is going to bite Bill and Hillary in the ass again as the race for 2008 heats up.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks about terrorism and his bid for the presidency at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., on Tuesday, June 26, 2007. ‘ Giuliani on Tuesday accused former President Clinton of not responding forcefully enough to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or later terrorist attacks.
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday accused former President Clinton of not responding forcefully enough to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or later terrorist attacks.
The former New York mayor criticized Democrats, accusing them of weakness and naivete in dealing with terrorism. Giuliani made the comments to about 650 business, corporate and political leaders at Regent University, the conservative Christian college founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson.
“Islamic terrorists killed more than 500 Americans before Sept. 11. Many people think the first attack on America was on Sept. 11, 2001. It was not. It was in 1993,” said the former New York mayor.
Giuliani argued that Clinton treated the World Trade Center bombing as a criminal act instead of a terrorist attack, calling it “a big mistake” that emboldened other strikes on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia, in Kenya and Tanzania and later on the USS Cole while docked in Yemen in 2000.
“The United States government, then President Clinton, did not respond,” Giuliani said. “(Osama) bin Laden declared war on us. We didn’t hear it.”
In hindsight, Giuliani said, maybe it’s all clearer now, “but now is now, and there is no reason to go back into denial, and that is essentially what the Democratic candidates for president want to do: they want to go back, to put the country in reverse to the 1990s.
“I’m not blaming anybody back then,” Giuliani said later in the day at a campaign stop at a Jewish temple in Rockville, Md. “What I am saying is, I do blame people after Sept. 11. Now you have to get it.”
And Rudy does get it while Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, et al. do NOT.
Flap can hardly wait for the Rudy vs Hillary debates.
When I have video of today’s speeches I will post it here.
Rudy Giuliani, seen here at Ground Zero in October 2001.
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Could Bill Clinton take over his wifeâ€™s Senate seat if he becomes the first first husband? Some think so.
The Examiner: Some mull idea of Sen. Bill Clinton
If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidency, some top Democrats would like to see her husband, former President Bill Clinton, appointed to serve out Hillaryâ€™s unexpired Senate term.
â€œAs a senator, heâ€™d be a knockout,â€ said Harold Ickes, who was once a top White House aide to Bill Clinton and now gives behind-the-scenes advice to Hillary. â€œHe knows issues, he loves public policy and heâ€™s a good politician.â€
Some Democrats and political analysts say Bill Clinton would thrive in the worldâ€™s greatest deliberative body, much like Lyndon Johnson did before he became president.
â€œPresident Clinton would excel in the Senate,â€ said Paul Begala, who helped Bill Clinton get elected and served in the White House as a top aide.
â€œWhy not?â€ Begala added. â€œHe excelled as attorney general and governor of Arkansas, he excelled as president and heâ€™s been a model of the modern Senate spouse.â€
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, agreed.
â€œClinton is a natural for the Senate,â€ Sabato said. â€œHe loves to talk and schmooze. He could be a great vote-organizer. Majority Leader Clinton?â€
A TWOfer and another reason not to vote for Hillary.
Flap thought the polls said voters were tired of the same ol’ politicos.
And why not a three-some?
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Los Angeles Times: McAuliffe seeks Clinton believers
Listen up! Terry McAuliffe wants a hand count.
“Who’s with Hillary?” he asks a small gathering of ultra-power brokers assembled for a dinner party at media mogul Haim Saban‘s palatial Beverly Hills estate Sunday evening. “Come on!” he says.
“Pulp Fiction” producer Lawrence Bender, brave soul, is the only one to keep his hand down: “I’m with Obama.”
“Ah,” says McAuliffe, chairman of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign. He’s on a roll, funny and charming and deadly serious.
“This isn’t the John Kerry campaign,” he quips. “You are either with us or you’re against us.”
Call it a hard sell and humor mixed with a heavy dose of better-watch-out. McAuliffe is in town this week, promoting his book, “What a Party!” His message is clear: Get off the fence, you Hollywood doubters.
Supporting multiple candidates? “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.”
Former Democrat National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is out trolling for Hollywood presidential campaign cash for Hillary.
He is taking names trying to FREEZE OUT Obama who has a Hollywood fundraising event on February 10.
And do you think he is kidding about being with them?
But, this election should Mayor Rudy Giuliani win the GOP nod Hillary and/or Obama may have competition for Hollywood campaign cash.
“Bill Clinton might forgive you if you give to other candidates,” McAuliffe teases guest Nicole Avant, the daughter of the mega-political Clarence Avant, music industry guru. “But not Hillary. No way. She’s tough.”
Avant smiles coyly. She won’t say whom she supports.
“How are you ever going to get the Paris ambassadorship?” McAuliffe continues. “Get on board.”
Sounds like McAuliffe is selling PARDONS again for the Clintons.
Hillary Clinton Watch: Hillary Blog Ads on Center-Right Blogs
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New York Post: HILL’S ‘EVIL’ JOKE ON HUBBY BUBBA
Hillary Rodham Clinton left caucus-goers here yesterday believing that Bubba had given her a baptism by fire in how to deal with “evil and bad men.”
Clinton’s quip, made during a morning rally with about 500 Iowans, drew 31 seconds of straight laughter and applause that left little doubt among attendees that she’d made a joke at hubby Bill Clinton’s expense.
The one-liner came in response to a question shouted at the former first lady from the audience asking whether she had the mettle and experience to deal with evil and rotten men – like terrorist Osama bin Laden and the tyrants of North Korea and Iran.
Clinton grabbed the mike and told the audience that the questioner wanted to know “what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men.” She then smiled, raised her eyebrows and nodded knowingly at the questioner.
Her nod and the ensuing eruption of laughter had rally-goers convinced she was talking about her husband, whose Oval Office affair with intern Monica Lewinsky exploded into the Sexgate scandal and led to impeachment proceedings.
“She was talking about Bill being a bad man. There was no doubt whatsoever,” said Tyrone Williams, 55, an engineer from nearby Bettendorf, Iowa.
In case you missed it yesterday – Flap has the video here.
The ghosts and baggage of Slick Willie are already haunting Hillary. It would be funny if it wasn’t so PATHETIC.
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