It was rather brisk on the patio, and I noticed Ms Rabbit was wearing her scarf. I also noticed the miniature "Hillary - 08" campaign button on her scarf -and her very un-rabbitlike scowl; so I decided to proceed with caution .
Ms Rabbit, as I may have mentioned before, tends to be rather cautious and conservative - which made her support of Hillary Clinton a bit surprising. We never got into the matter that thoroughly , but I believe it had something to do with Gender Issues and the need to overcome paternalistic male domination of the Body Politic.
" You look a bit glum this morning," I suggested carefully.
" It's just not fair !" , she moaned. "Poor Hillary's campaign is having money problems !"
I took a sip of coffee and waited.
"She's being forced to return $ 850,000 in campaign contributions because one of her contributors had a little brush with the law !! "
"Ah !", I said. " Are you talking about Norman Hsu ? "
" Shoe ? ", she asked. " I thought his name was pronounced "Sue" . Well, it's a shame,anyway !"
" What's the story on him !", I asked. " I haven't been following the case too closely,because there was an E mail glitch I had to work on. Two of my favorite people weren't able to reach me by E mail, and I couldn't have that ! "
" Well, as I was saying, he had a little brush with the law..."
"Ah ! It comes back to me now. Wasn't that the fellow who pled out to some sort of grand theft by fraud in California, but didn't come back to court for sentencing ? The guy who was a fugitive for 15 years ?"
" Yes, yes: something like that ", Ms Rabbit said airily.
"And this was the guy who raised a lot of money for the Democratic party : so much money, he was photographed with Former President Clinton ?"
Ms Rabbit glanced at me suspiciously, and busied herself with a juicy-looking piece of clover. It didn't look as if she were going to respond, so I went on.
" That's one thing that always struck me as odd: the Secret Service does a background check on anybody likely to get close to the President; so they had to have known Mr. Hsu was wanted in California on a fugitive warrant. There's no way I can think of that they would let a fugitive get anywhere near the President...unless he himself told them it was okay. What do you think ? "
Ms Rabbit stopped chewing for a minute and scowled. It was not a reassuring sight. I was reminded of another President-Jimmy Carter-who had had an unsettling experience with a rabbit. I decided I'd better wrap this discussion up fast !
"Well," I added cheerfully. " They seem to have figured out where all the money Hsu was donating came from : there's a fairly good possibility he was stealing it."
"The District Attorney's office in New York City is investigating allegations Hsu swindled some bigwig promoter out of a cool 40 million bucks. That might be just the tip of the iceberg. "
Ms Rabbit looked thoughtful. " $40 million would buy a lot of carrots !"
"Yeah...and a lot of politicians ! Speaking of which, I wonder who gets this $850,000 that Hillary is giving back ? They say most of it was "dirty money" that Hsu paid people to donate to Hillary and other candidates. So, that means the listed donors weren't really donors. What do they do with the money ? Donate it back ?"
" I don't know !",snapped Ms Rabbit. " This whole thing is giving me a headache ! I think I'll go off somewhere and gorge myself on alfalfa !!"
As she hopped off, I heard a tiny "tink !" sound, and, after a few minutes of careful searching,discovered a "Hillary - 08" campaign button next to one of the chairs.
I'll save it for her, in case she changes her mind.