Just As I Thought

Left, right, what’s the difference?

Never let it be said that I let the Left get away with things I would lambast the Right about:

Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was a wanted man again after he failed to show up for a court date today and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest.

Hsu, whose criminal past has roiled the campaigns of top presidential candidates, was scheduled to ask a judge to cut in half the $2 million bail he posted last week when he turned himself in after spending 15 years on the lam from a felony theft conviction.

Instead, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles ordered Hsu’s bail forfeited to the county and issued a new arrest warrant. If Hsu is arrested again, he will be jailed without bail this time.

… Hsu pleaded no contest in 1991 to a felony count of grand theft, admitting he’d defrauded investors of $1 million after falsely claiming to have contracts to purchase and sell Latex gloves. He was facing up to three years in prison when he skipped town before his 1992 sentencing date.

Prosecutors said they suspected Hsu fled the country then. But a few years ago, Hsu re-emerged in New York as an apparel executive and a wealthy benefactor of Democratic causes and candidates. They included presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose campaign designated Hsu a “HillRaiser” – a title given to top donors.

Oy. This guy was a felon fraud artist 17 years ago, then skipped town before sentencing; and the Democrats were stupid enough to get involved with him? I mean, I can understand not vetting each and every Joe Schmo contributor, but when the donation is that large and comes from a felon who is a native of another country… well, you’d think there would be some due diligence. I mean, did they learn nothing from Al Gore’s fundraising misadventure?

And Mr. Hsu, it’s always worse to pull a Harriet Miers and not show up at all. Really.

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