Jewish World Review June 22, 1999 /8 Tamuz, 5759
Myers, who offered valuable insight during Monicagate, was making sense until she trotted out Hillaryís devotion to "public service" and "respected institutions."
Itís true that Hillary once served as counsel to the Impeachment Enquiries Staff, when it was pursuing the impeachment of President Nixon. And she has worked for do-good outfits, such as the Legal Services Corp. and the Childrenís Defense Fund. But she did not devote her entire career to the public interest. She eventually became a corporate lawyer at the now-infamous Rose Law Firm and handled the legal work for, among other clients, a suspicious real estate deal linked to the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, that less-than-respectable institution that brought us the Whitewater scandal. She also allowed her friend James Blair to orchestrate her highly profitable commodities deals, even though he was a lawyer for Tyson Foods, one of the leading economic interests in the state governed by her husband.
If she eschewed the glitz and self-validation of a Senate bid and instead organized a nonprofit organization to champion the rights of indigent patients, her desire to serve would deserve cheering. But her senatorial campaign is not about Hillary acting on her love for New York and its citizens, itís about her winning the love of New York and its citizens so she can do what she wants.
Long Gone Man
Hillary appears to have made up her mind. Her husband seems to have
avoided quagmirification. The Republicans in Congress are proving to be
more feckless than imaginable. Gore -- aka Mister Sexy Thang -- wonít shut up
about G-d. Steve Forbes is running ads on CNN (in which he sits on an
Oval Office-like set and talks to himself about the American dreamóyou
know, the one in which your dad leaves you several hundred million
dollars and then you grow up to become president). The Cox Committee
report on Chinese espionage was a big fizzle. And we havenít had a new
Jane Doe in months. Seems like a good time to head out of Washington.
Iíll be far beyond the Beltway for the next month, so this column is
going to take a break. I hope I donít miss the Lamar Alexander boomlet
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