Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to practice the politics of evasion and doublespeak.
Her campaign’s latest example of doubletalk concerns earmarks — otherwise known as pork barrel legislation.
Seems the Senator won’t disclose her past earmark requests, choosing to say that she will be transparent about things she does from now on and not about what she has done in the past.
Close observers of yesterday’s reports on the efforts of McCain and Obama to get Sen. Clinton to disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001 may have noticed a strange thing about the statement her office issued at the end of the day.
It said all manner of things about earmarks, and moratoriums, and funding, and accountability. But it never said whether she would disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001. (See after the jump).
We spent today back-and-forthing a few more times by e-mail with her press office, and the exchanges made it pretty clear that the oversight was intentional. The plan seems to be that since the NY press has never obsessed over Hillary’s earmark requests, she can safely not release them as long as she doesn’t say she won’t and doesn’t say why she won’t.
Without torturing the details, the one thing we learned is that she plans to be absolutely transparent about stuff she hasn’t done yet. Per spokesman Phillippe Reines: "We are now going above and beyond…the common practice on Capitol Hill and releasing all of our requests going forward."
If it’s a good thing to do in the future, why wouldn’t it be equally good to do for the past? That would be a great question, if we were dealing with a Senator who answered them.