Hillary’s Campaign Goes on Major Defensive in Foundation Scandal

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Bill and Hillary Clinton appear to have many skeletons in their closets. Republicans, especially love to rattle those skeletons at the slightest opportunity.

By now, you know that both Clintons and their teams have a standard response.

The political attacks on the Clintons returned this year, and did the standard responses. The media and Republicans are beating up a storm over contributions to the Clinton Foundation, so the response is yesteryear’s reliable “bait and switch” strategy. On Saturday, the airwaves were filled with the familiar refrain asking diehard Hillary supporters to “Show you’ve got Hillary’s back” in the face of “baseless attacks.”

The latest allegations may be too sticky to push to one side, partly because the very liberal New York Times and Washington Post have been leading the charge in the attacks with their own scathing editorials. It is one of the hottest news stories of this political cycle and the two leading liberal stalwarts have been creating wall-to-wall coverage.

With so much at stake, the Clinton machine’s counterattack is being led by Hillary’s campaign Chairman, John Podesta. He has been asking Clinton supporters to rally around their beloved candidate. Podesta accuses Peter Schweizer, the author of the book “Clinton Cash” of being “a former Republican operative with ties to a Koch-funded organization.” Podesta said of Schweizer, “He uses allegations and conspiracy theories to stitch together a false narrative about Hillary without producing a single shred of evidence.”

Podesta and Hillary would obviously like the media to lie down like a good obedient dog, as it did on the Benghazi debacle, but it could be they have blown their cover too many times and it is hurting them. So far, they are not Hillary’s friends, and whether or not Podesta’s harsh criticism of Schweizer will work rests with them as they pursue the recent contribution allegations with zestful enthusiasm.

Schweizer’s book has been roundly attacked by the Clinton camp, egged on by their supporters. They have been issuing talking points that debunkthe illegal fund raising accusations. The Schweizer book, published by Time and Yahoo News, is due to hit the shelves in the first week of May.

Podesta issued a press release, in which he wrote, “We’re only two weeks into the election and we’re already up against these baseless attacks. If we don’t fight back now, we send a signal to our opponents that we’ll shrivel in the face of whatever will follow. This is an important moment in this campaign.”

Of course, what was he expecting, a free pass?

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

Dwight has 30 years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. A native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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