Liz Peek of the Fiscal Times writes that new documentary film “Clinton Cash,” based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book of the same name, is “the weapon that could knock Clinton out.”
Bernie [Sanders] has an almost impossible path to the nomination, but if he could gin up righteous anger about how Bill Clinton earned $105 million for 542 speeches from 2001 to 2013, he might indeed turn the heads of some of those slavish Superdelegates lined up behind Hillary. As he has pointed out, polling suggests he is more likely than Hillary to beat Donald Trump in a head-to-head contest. Isn’t that what Democrats want?
The most inflammatory charges about the Clinton Foundation stem from Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book Clinton Cash. Spurred by that best-seller, The Wall Street Journal and others have conducted their own investigations into the foundation. The Journal summarized “…that at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during [Clinton’s] tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation.”
Early on, Bernie Sanders swore off discussing Hillary’s email scandal. He has also ignored the revelations in Clinton Cash. Now that a movie of the same name has been launched, which makes Schweizer’s allegations more accessible, Sanders’ camp should seize the moment.
Democrats have only themselves to blame. In their haste to crown Queen Hillary, they overlooked…well, everything. They decided that the rosy afterglow of Bill Clinton’s presidency, celebrated for economic growth not seen since, would suppress the scandals that tainted those eight years. They chose to ignore the infidelities, the perjury, Travelgate, the Whitewater scandal and so much more. They also dismissed the more recent investigation into Benghazi as a Republican witch-hunt; concerns about Hillary’s private email server were simply more of the same. Ancient history, the party decided. They were certain: the country is ready for a woman president!
Here’s what they neglected: the stench of corruption lingers. Like the smell of smoke that seeps into clothes and drapes and never entirely disappears, charges of dishonesty are almost impossible to stamp out. Even people too young to remember the long-running saga of Clintonian misbehavior have a vague sense that the iconic power couple did something wrong. When Bernie Sanders hints that Hillary’s wealthy donors expect something in return, it resonates.
And that’s before any discussion in this campaign cycle about the pattern of pay-to-play that Peter Schweizer narrates so clearly in his devastating Clinton Cash. This is the weapon that could knock Clinton out. We’ll see if Sanders grabs hold of the opportunity; if he doesn’t, you can bet that Donald Trump will.
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