Cheney In A Pant-Suit Watch

The Clintons will not do what every other candidate does - release their tax returns - and they will not allow scrutiny of their period in the White House, the last time an unelected spouse exercized formal, unaccountable power (if nothing like what we will face if the Clintons both return to the White House in 2009). What are they hiding? The headline is misleading and more evidence of double-standards in the media with respect to the Clintons. This was ultimately the Clintons' decision, not the archivists':

That archivists' decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests.

Clinton's legal agent declined the option of reviewing and releasing the documents that were withheld, said the archivists, who work for the federal government, not the Clintons.

My emphasis. David Brooks today argues that the Obama camp must not go negative. But this is one of those areas where the Clintons' sense of personal privilege and passion for secrecy simply has to be challenged. Demanding answers to basic questions of accountability and transparency is not negative in the Rove-Morris sense. It's called competitive campaigning. If Clinton is running on her so-called experience, why does she insist on keeping it under wraps?