Keystone Cops

Okay, we all should have at least vague recollection of the old time key stone cop movies, right?  You know, the guys with the funny hats and batons that would bumble after the crooks, usually doing themselves more harm than anyone or anything good.  The whole while, the archetypical crook would simply just look on and laugh.

So when a guy gets busted for Grand Theft and just disappears for years, the whole keystone cop thing comes to mind especially when the LA Times reports that he was in the spotlight the whole time.  We’re talking some high quality police work here.

But of course the story has a much more devestating edge to it.  Norman Hsu, on top of being a fugitive who has for nearly two decades now been thumbing his nose at California authorities, is also apparently a prominent political fundraiser… for Democrats, and most notably for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

He’s a bundler, you know, one of those guys that gets groups of people to donate and packages it all up and sends it to the campaign in a giant lump sum, and according to news reports he’s one of the best raising money for the Democratic Party.

Now, this may seem bad, and indeed, it has the potential to break very poorly with the general public given the bullet points of the story lend themselves to a very simple and easily digested narrative.

-Hsu was convicted of Grand Theft.

-Hsu never served his sentence.

-A bench warrant is still issued for Hsu.

-He’s a major Hillary Clinton fundraiser, or as she likes to call them, “Hillraiser.”  heh… cute name.

You see, it is the complexity of the narrative that really drives how hard it’s going to hit in public opinion.  Let’s take the case of two presidents.  Bill Clinton:

-Got a blowjob in the Oval Office by someone other than his wife.

-Misled Congress about it.

See?  Really simple, and that later bullet point?  Hell, that one isn’t even necessary.  You’re talking instant scandal with full front page coverage as long as you can handle it.  Now let’s look at Bush:

-Bordered on criminal negligence in regards to non state endorsed terrorism prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.

-Continued to mischaracterize the acts afterwards, ordering staff within twenty four hours after the attack to “Look into Saddam” even though virtually all knowledge pointed away from Saddam.

-Molded intelligence to his needs to invade Iraq despite severe gaping holes in said evidence, and very valid dissents.

-Hired and continues to hire cronies as opposed to well qualified individuals for vital high level governmental roles which effectively removes large and vital portions to a well reasoned decision making process.  Created for himself a bubble where he is always right.

-Failed to adequately prepare for an aftermath, again relying on highly flawed testimony and assurances that there would be no significant challenges for the US following the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime.

-Failed to rightly focus on al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden not just BEFORE 911, but AFTER as well.

And so on and so forth.  Do you see what I’m getting at here?  Bill Clinton’s scandal was easy, it involved his penis not being where it should be.  George Bush’s presidency, which is in truth one gigantic scandal, is a very large and complex entity with dozens, maybe hundred of moving parts.  You can’t cram that into a couple of inches of front page paper and expect the general public to eat it up and then get emotionally upset over it.  That’s why, while those on the left who were opposed to Bush from the beginning, had to wait all this time for the rest of the nation to catch up to us.

Back to Hillary and Hsu.  If we were to follow this formula, Hillary could be looking at some serious problems up ahead, and it’ll be interesting to see how she copes, especially with our new and improved narrative.

-Hsu was a crook.

-Hsu gave LOADS of money to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

But of course, one needs only take a deeper look.  As is professed in the very same article, it is hard to believe that Hillary would even know he was a fugitive, afterall, Californian authorities could hardly be said to make a significant stink over Hsu given all the circumstances.

At the very worst, the biggest thing Clinton could be accused of is not vetting her contributors well enough.  In the greater scheme of things this isn’t quite so bad as having one of your upper level campaign staffers turn out to be a coke head, or for your Idaho chairman to be caught trying to solicit sex from an undercover cop in an airport restroom and then trying to cover it up.

I mean, now that’s bad vetting.

Now, an argument could be made as to the ultimate cause of this.  That’s right, the root of all evil itself, money.  With early primaries and the role of the internet in politics increasing at an exponential rate, with cablenews channels running twenty-four seven, and the full on, never stop, take no prisoners political media blitz of today’s world, candidates, presidential candidates in particular, are left to dash for cash as hard and as desperate as they can.

Hmmm… maybe government funded campaigns may not be a bad idea after all.

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