It was absolutely preposterous for Hillary Clinton’s campaign to revisit the era of Ken Starr. They have, in essence, opened a can of worms. The whole notion that the Obama camp is displaying Ken Starrism (to coin a phrase) in calling for her to release her tax returns is ridiculous and risky at the same time. I am sure Hillary Clinton does not want to be reminded of the mess the country went through during that time which culminated in the impeachment of her husband.
Obama has demanded Clinton’s tax returns, cited delays in releasing her White House schedules, and even made reference to trades in cattle futures in the late 1970s that became a subject of allegations during the White House years. All is fair game now. I don’t blame Obama for throwing this at them. The Obama camp also issued a reminder that Clinton (via Wolfson) attacked her 2000 Senate rival, Rick Lazio, for failing to release his tax returns.
“Over 20 years of the Clintons’ tax returns are part of the public record,” Wolfson said, referring to their White House years and also to her more recent Senate disclosure forms. “Everyone knows we have made clear that all of the post-White House tax returns will be put out by the campaign on or about tax time — April 15,” he said, though he didn’t explain why they wouldn’t be out sooner. That’s the problem, why the delay and why the waffling? Hillary Clinton is hiding something, mark my words. Now Wolfson is saying that the tax returns will be released before the Aprill 22 Pennsylvania primary, with no exact date. Something is awry here.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton responds:
It is absurd that after weeks of badgering the media to “vet” Sen. Obama, the Clinton campaign believes that they should be held to an entirely different standard. We don’t believe that expecting candidates for the presidency to disclose their tax returns somehow constitutes Ken Starr tactics, but the kind of transparency and accountability that Americans are looking for and that’s been missing in Washington for far too long. And if Sen. Clinton doesn’t think that the Republicans will ask these very same questions, then she’s not as ready to go toe to toe with John McCain as she claims.
My final thoughts….
It is absurd for the Clinton camp to mention the name Ken Starr. This now paves the way for Hillary to be relentlessly attacked for what happened in that era. As I stated before, where there is smoke, there is a fire. Hillary claims she is vetted but I beg to differ. This is a classic Clintonian move. I hope their luck runs out this time.