Guess this will be, what, #4,587 in the “hillary is a hypocrite” file. last night, hillary lambasted obama for sitting on a board with bill ayers, a guy who did illegal stuff when obama was 8. guess where hillary spent her first year as a law clerk — with a law firm whose majority partners were members of the communist party and who defended the black panthers.

Granted, i dont see a problem w/ either choice — everyone deserves full representation under the law and everyone deserves an opportunity to reclaim their life after their debts are paid. however, in the court of public opinion, what is worse — a passing knowledge of a long-ago radical or the active seeking out of the most radical law firm in america?

Wiener: And then there was her summer job in California.

Bernstein: That summer she went to work at the most important radical law firm in America at that point: Truehaft, Walker and Bernstein in Oakland. They defended the Panthers. Two of their partners were members of the Communist Party–including Bob Truehaft, who was married to Jessica Mitford. I talked to Bob Truehaft not long before he died, and he said he was certain that Hillary came there because she subscribed to some of the kind of law they practiced and the kind of clients they defended. In her so-called autobiography, “Living History,” she put in a couple of sentences about living in Berkeley with Bill that summer and working at that law firm, but she makes it sound like their work focused on postal rate increases. There’s not a word about radicals.

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