Her Reputation Precedes and Protects Her

Thinking crooked thoughts. (AP photo)

Thinking crooked thoughts.
(AP photo)

A few weeks ago I called it “the audacity of corruption,” and Peggy Noonan has had similar thoughts about what makes the Clintons the Clintons:

I wonder if any aspirant for the presidency except Hillary Clinton could survive such a book [as Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash]. I suspect she can because the Clintons are unique in the annals of American politics: They are protected from charges of corruption by their reputation for corruption. It’s not news anymore. They’re like . . . Bonnie and Clyde go on a spree, hold up a bunch of banks, it causes a sensation, there’s a trial, and they’re acquitted. They walk out of the courthouse, get in a car, rob a bank, get hauled in, complain they’re being picked on—“Why are you always following us?”—and again, not guilty. They rob the next bank and no one cares. “That’s just Bonnie and Clyde doing what Bonnie and Clyde do. No one else cares, why should I?”

They get away with it because we let them, but never forget that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail.