Can the Clintons Change?

Bill Clinton just can’t seem to keep his sleazy private dealings out of the news: This time, it’s a 2005 dinner he shared with a wealthy mining mogul and Kazakhstan’s president, after which the businessman wound up with a coveted contract in that country.The sordid story – about Clinton’s meal with Kazakh strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev and UrAsia Energy Ltd. head Frank Giustra – ran on the front page of Thursday’s New York Times.

Reporters Jo Becker and Don Van Natta Jr. deserve kudos: They describe how Clinton praised the Kazakh dictator, absurdly, for “opening up the social and political life of your country” and suggesting his nation lead Europe’s chief security agency – which would confer legitimacy on Nazarbayev’s regime.

They have gotten away with everything they have done, so why should they change? They have been successful at virtually every venture they’ve tried, and they see no reason to back away now. That’s what they will leave us……

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