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She came. She saw. She took the money and ran.

Hillary Rodham Clinton breezed into McAllen . . . to share breakfast with Rio Grande Valley supporters and to pass a plate of her own -- a collection plate. Only supporters willing to pay $1,000 per plate were invited to the breakfast. . . .

Clinton's visit here and in other Texas cities was strictly to raise money for a Senate race she hasn't entered officially. She had no time for the public, much of which has stood behind her for nearly a decade, throughout her and her husband's various personal, political and legal peccadilloes. No comments as she stepped off the plane, no waves from the motorcade, no words of thanks as she left. . . .

The everyday people who have defended her all these years, in the Valley and elsewhere, deserve more than a fleeting glimpse from afar.

Clinton could have -- and should have -- taken a couple of minutes to make a public statement. The fact that she did not deem the people worthy of such attention makes one wonder if she would use a seat in Congress to serve the people, or only to serve herself.

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