A ’90s Flashback


Judicial Watch–the conservative watchdog group that made its name on the Clintons in the 1990s–has shown itself on occasion to be willing to go after Republicans in the 2000s, suing for Bush White House visitor records, for instance. But with Hillary back in the national picture (did she ever really leave?), Judicial Watch must be seeing visions of a return to its anti-Clinton heyday.

Here’s the group’s list of the most corrupt politicians of 2007, released today:

Hillary Clinton

John Conyers

Larry Craig

Diane Feinstein

Rudy Giuliani

Mike Huckabee

Scooter Libby

Barack Obama

Nancy Pelosi

Harry Reid

In this day and age, you really have to stretch to put together a corruption list in which Dems outnumber Republicans. But maybe it’s a sign of the times that even Judicial Watch wound up with two GOP presidential candidates on its list. You can’t knock them for trying, but whitewashing GOP corruption is just darned hard these days.

Late Update: TPM Reader AB correctly notes that the list is in alphabetical order–not level of corruption, as this post originally suggested.


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