Friday, February 22, 2008

Campaign 08: Hillary Bombs Again!

Hillary Clinton's campaign is pushing stories to reporters today that tie Barack Obama and former members of a radical domestic terrorist group. ABC News can't help but note that the stories "did not note that as president, Clinton's husband pardoned more than a dozen convicted violent radicals, including a member of the same group mentioned in the Obama stories." Clinton spokesman Phil Singer sent out an e-mail feigning concern about what Republicans would do with the fact that William Ayers (a founding member of the 1970s group Weather Underground) sent a $200 contribution to Obama in 2001 - see this previous post on presidential pardons and Mrs. Clinton's donors.

In his final day in office, however, President Clinton pardoned another one-time member of the Weather Underground, Susan L. Rosenberg, after she had served 16 years in prison on federal charges. Rosenberg had been arrested in 1984 while unloading 740 pounds of dynamite, a submachine gun and other weapons from the back of a car. And, of course, President Clinton also pardoned 16 violent Puerto Rican nationalists responsible for more than 100 bombings of U.S. political and military installations, after they promised to renounce violence. The attacks reportedly killed six people and wounded dozens more. Obama spokesman Bill Burton had this to say:

"If the Clinton campaign is truly concerned about the exploitation of the Weather Underground issue by the Republican attack machine, perhaps they should focus on the pardon of some of its members in the waning days of the Clinton administration."
Ayers, incidentally, turned himself in in 1980 and - unlike Rosenberg - served no jail time. See full story here.

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