Hillary Sends Wrong Message, Editorial Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The same New York Times editorial page that endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senator is now lecturing her on "ethical insensitivity."

Thursday's editorial - the second of three - urged Sen. Clinton to "forthrightly address the questions that have accumulated in recent days and make clear that she intends to set a higher standard for her service as a senator."

The newspaper mentions three specific examples where Mrs. Clinton "could have defined herself as a more attractive role model than her husband."

Those examples include her $8 million book contract ("she should at least limit the advance she receives," the editorial said); the parting gifts that she and her husband accepted ("in a glut in the last year, when she should have been putting her new role as an incoming senator ahead of her transitory status as a departing first lady"); and Hillary's presence at pardon discussions between her husband and four of her Hasidic constituents (which "entangled her in a horrendous abuse of power by her husband," the editorial notes).

Toward the end of the editorial, the New York Times writes, "We think it is within the rights of every New Yorker to expect Mrs. Clinton to avoid the grasping approach to political money that was a hallmark of her husband's administration and to promise in a public way to avoid entanglement in compromising political deals."