Politico: Hillary's a deadbeat

Obama’s cash on hand for the primary: $31 million, minus $625K in debt. Her Majesty’s: $16 million, minus, er, $8.7 million in debts to other people. And $5 million in debt to herself. For a net of just north of two million dollars.

No real comment here, just a jolt of schadenfreude on a lazy Sunday afternoon as an increasingly desperate, embarrassing, quixotic quest turns ever more desperate, embarrassing, and quixotic. Maybe she can borrow some money from her new pal, Richard Scaife?

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.

A pair of Ohio companies owed more than $25,000 by Clinton for staging events for her campaign are warning others in the tight-knit event production community — and anyone else who will listen — to get their cash upfront when doing business with her. Her campaign, say representatives of the two companies, has stopped returning phone calls and e-mails seeking payment of outstanding invoices. One even got no response from a certified letter.

Their cautionary tales, combined with published reports about similar difficulties faced by a New Hampshire landlord, an Iowa office cleaner and a New York caterer, highlight a less-obvious impact of Clinton’s inability to keep up with the staggering fundraising pace set by her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama…

“We worked very hard to put together these events on a moment’s notice and do absolutely everything to a ‘t’ to make it look perfect on television for her and for her campaign,” said the employee. “Sen. Clinton talks about helping working families, people in unions and small businesses. But when it comes down to actually doing something that shows that she can back up her words with action, she fails.”

Between this story and her team’s sparkling record on managing her campaign finances, I’m more jazzed for Hillarycare then I’ve ever been before. Exit question: Her creditors only hate her because they’re sexists, right?