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03/31/2008 09:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Clinton Campaign Finds New Allies: Richard Mellon Scaife And Fox News

This is incredible. It shows just how low the Clintons are stooping as they battle to return to the throne they think belongs to them.

Hillary chooses to do an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. This paper has a lot of influence over Reagan Democrats in Western Pennsylvania -- so that seems like a reasonable choice, if you want to churn up opposition to an African-American with a shot at the presidency.

But this paper is owned by far-right mogul Richard Mellon Scaife. He was present at the interview, and he wrote a column supporting Hillary after the interview. That's what happened.

Now Scaife was one of the main sources of funding for the vast right wing conspiracy against the Clintons back in the day. He supported efforts to show that the Clintons arranged for the murder of Vince Foster -- remember that? And that's just one example.

Never mind. Hillary's happy to suck up to him now. This is really incredible. As a measure of desperate ambition, it's off the charts.

Then there's Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on Fox praising them for providing the most objective coverage of the Democratic primary. That's a minor exhibition of shamelessness compared to the Scaife story -- but it suggests a really damning possibility. This may be an organized effort to use the classic Republican "southern strategy" with working class Democrats in Pennsylvania, who may be vulnerable to it still. If that's right, this makes Big Bill's racial innuendo tactic in South Carolina look innocent by comparison -- and they were far from innocent. But, giving him the benefit of the doubt, it might have been off the cuff. If we get one more Clinton Fox/Scaife moment in Pennsylvania we will know: it's a plan.