Reported in the local paper of record:

The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show…

And I am going to go out on a limb here and propose that reading the above comes absolutely as no shock to anyone, anywhere at all.

That’s almost a truism. With Clintons come scandals, just like with puppies come dirty carpets.

But there is a deeper level of significance to this tin pot scandal (measured by Clintonian standards): It reveals why so many of us lazy conservatives would feel so content with another Clinton candidacy: Because it keeps us in our comfort zone.

From what I have seen the past couple years, there is a raging, idiotic trend among Republicans to keep fighting the rhetorical battles of 1998. Family values, national security, fiscal prudence, blah blah blah. Hey, it worked 10 years ago, why give up on a good thing? I think this is dopey, because so much has happened in the intervening decade and, at some level, reality has to matter. As dumb as we conservatives are, we should be able to reformulate our arguments.

At the same time, it is sort of sweet to be able to just pull out the old playbook and get to work.

This is the opportunity Hillary affords us. Is it good for America? Heck no, the Clintons have never been good for America but then few of our elected officials are. What Hillary is, is eminently, doubly condemnable. If she is not saying something dumb for us to leap upon, we can be pretty certain that her husband will still offer rays of hope for a new, budding scandal. Two for the price of one, as they say.

It would be so very easy to not have to think outside the box. Let’s just run against the Clintons one more time, shall we?