Carol Platt Liebau: Wanting It Both Ways

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wanting It Both Ways

This story illustrates why Hillary Clinton annoys so many Americans.

Even though Senator Clinton is running on the basis of her "experience" -- most notably her tenure as First Lady -- archivists at the Clinton Library are refusing to release relevant records that would enable scrutiny of those years.

Obviously, it's an example of wanting it both ways, a sense of entitlement that has marked Clinton's entire career in public life. It's of a piece with her refusal to sit down for questioning on any of the Sunday morning shows during her 2000 run for the Senate and her willingness to use her Secret Service detail to keep reporters at bay. It's even similar to the conflicting impulses America saw on display during her husband's White House years, when half the time she claimed the mantle of policy expert but then hid behind traditional First Lady trappings when the going got tough.

Her own ambivalence and shape-shifting, coupled with her prominent sense of entitlement when it comes time for difficult questions and accountability explain why so many Americans simply distrust Hillary Clinton.


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

The National Archive doesn't work for Hillary.

7:55 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Hillary Clinton and the word trust sounds like an oxymoron. The Clintons both seem to live on a different level to ordinary people. Others faced their responsibilities, HC and Bill both have never explained many past events.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

OK, now I'm confused. The original article makes one fact-based accusation against Ms. Clinton -- that she refuses to release relevant records from the Clinton Library. This accusation is countered by a statement from Earth to Carol that the National Archive doesn't work for Ms. Clinton. No rebuttal has yet appeared.

So, is the original accusation without merit? The remainder of the piece is just harrumphing without any factual foundations.

There might be something of substance in it, but the unrebutted counterclaim seems to take the air out of the only item of substance in this piece. So, what's the truth here?

9:56 PM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...


As Earth to Carol said, the National Archive doesn't work for senator Clinton. By law, the Presidential Records Act, the former first lady's papers have to be kept secret until they can be reviewed by archivists. The release of the documents is being slowed down because of budget cuts. There are fewer archivists reviewing the documents.

9:50 AM  

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