Magazine article Insight on the News

Carefully Calculating Hillary Slow to Speak Out

Magazine article Insight on the News

Carefully Calculating Hillary Slow to Speak Out

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When it comes to making a quick decision, Hillary Rodham Clinton is more Elmer Fudd than Speedy Gonzales or Quick Draw McGraw. Perhaps the fatigue of "listening" has dulled her political reactions.

Consider the molasses-like manner in which her decisions are made. On Aug. 11, the president announced his offer of clemency to 16 members of the FALN, a Puerto Rican terrorist group. Press conferences were held expressing outrage and White House spokesman Joe Lockhart was quizzed daily on the reasons behind the decision, but no word from Mrs. Clinton. As poll after poll reflected opposition to the move, it took nearly four weeks for the first lady to state publicly her disagreement with the clemency offer.

And then there is the case of the Casa del Clinton. On Sept. 2, the Clintons finally put pen to paper on the $1.7 million Chappaqua home that had caught their fancy -- or, at least, was suitable enough to establish the New York residency required for Mrs. Clinton's "exploratory" candidacy for the Senate. To the surprise of many, the Clintons opted to accept a $1.3 million loan from Bankers Trust Co. guaranteed by Democratic fund-raiser Terry McAuliffe, who has been investigated for his involvement in the 1996 campaign-finance scandals involving both the Clinton-Gore campaign and the Teamsters. …

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