Back in April, one of my friends said to me, that when I write something political, “Don’t destroy my Hillary.” “She is destroying herself,” I replied. I had no dearth of Hillary Clinton foolishness about which to write and had touched upon a few examples over the previous months when appropriate, but the email server controversy, although heating up, had not exploded into what it is now and I did not have a reason to mention it anyway.
So many others have given their opinions, I thought I would weigh in on this scandal as well. And yes, Hillary lovers, it is an actual scandal and not part of any so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Unless the left believes President Barack Obama’s FBI and Justice Department are part of that conspiracy. Or is it Obama conspiring with his Attorney General to take Hillary down so that Joe Biden can be the true third-term successor? I have heard that latest nonsense discussed by some pundits on the right.
Hard-core Hillary fans poo-poo this latest debacle, one that may have endangered national security, and do not even attempt to meaningfully criticize what is clearly a serious, self-inflicted wound. They don’t dare entertain the thought that their anointed one could have actually done something wrong maybe even criminal, if not in the least extremely moronic. (And I welcome any rebuttal which I will be glad to answer, just let me know.)
I watch on the blogosphere, social media and on some news outlets, as the Hillary backers bemoan, not her arrogance, not any legal issues, not the parsing of words or changed statements, but whether Hillary’s candidacy will be hurt enough to, heaven forbid, encourage Joe Biden or someone else to jump in and pick up the pieces of the very thin and wanting Democratic nomination field. (Bernie Sanders? Really? O’Malley? Webb? Chafee? Who? Who? Who?)
Many Clinton supporters remind me of some Donald Trump proponents I saw in a TV focus group a couple weeks back. When a couple of them were told that Trump said this or did that, things that would normally elicit an objection were the people not so damn mad at Washington, each replied, “I don’t care.” Obsessively-purist true believers just don’t care when the cause matters more than the flaws. Right or left, that’s the way it is. They just don’t care.
By the way, first and foremost, the Clintons are the ones who don’t give a crap, knowing they will have their supporters and apologists no matter how they exploit the public trust. They do what they want when they want, and always have their defenders. I think just as Obama does nothing for much of his adoring base because he knows he doesn’t need to, Hillary takes advantage of her base as well, but in a different way. She acts recklessly when she knows people will be gunning for her, trying to weaken her, and so, weaken her and her supporters’ mission for her to become the first woman president. One doesn’t need to be Albert Einstein to know she is a permanent target.
When Gary Hart was running for president in 1987, there were rumors that the “happily married” Hart was having an affair. When people cared more about that kind of thing than they do now — thanks Bill, Hart denied it and issued a challenge to reporters to follow him around if they didn’t believe him. Well, follow him they did and he was caught with his pants down. Um, well, you know what I mean. I still remember ABC TV’s Sam Donaldson at the time saying about Hart, “If in fact he was dumb enough to go ahead with conduct that if discovered would be inimical to his campaign, he should be disqualified for stupidity.” Hmm, Hillary?
The lesson? When you want to become President of the United States, when you know people will look for even the slightest, er, slight, keep your pants up! Literally and figuratively. Especially when you are hated by half the country. All staunch Hillary supporters and surrogates should be red hot furious at her for what is now unfolding, not defending her. Her candidacy’s possible unraveling is her fault and her fault alone, and it takes a special kind of chutzpah to act so audaciously careless and then blame any inevitable outcome on others.
So Hillary Clinton (and her aides) hid behind, what she hoped were, the impregnable walls of her self-superiority entitlement but what may become her own undoing, using a more-easily-hackable private server, as well as other non-State Department personal devices to disseminate and store what could be a vast amount of classified information, when others have been indicted and punished for doing a lot less.
Every rational person knows there must have been information on that storing-official-emails-in-violation-of-government-policy private server – maybe about Benghazi, maybe about the Clinton foundation and quid pro quo, conflict of interest donations, maybe about Bill doing God knows what, maybe about all the obscene sums of money floating around the leading Democratic presidential contender trying to convince the public she cares about income inequality and wants to be the “champion of the middle class” as she yet again rents a Hamptons estate for $100,000 for a two-week stay – that could mean big trouble. Better to take the legal risk of destroying emails than have them exposed, right?
Clinton employed a small IT company which reportedly kept its supporting servers in the bathroom closet of a loft in a Denver apartment. (“Hey! Do we have any toilet paper?” “Yeah! It’s on the middle shelf behind the Clinton server!”) To be fair, this Denver bathroom thing has been denied by the company’s newly hired crisis-communications expert who said the server was in New Jersey and data was never stored in any bathroom. In any event, this was not the State Department.
Hillary’s life experience included exposure to one of the best when it came to secrecy, evasiveness, dishonesty, and the abuse of power moving toward impeachment. No, I am not referring to Bill, although he would be an excellent mentor. I am referring to Richard Nixon. Hillary was a member of the House of Representatives Nixon impeachment inquiry staff. One would think she would have gleaned something from that experience. Well, I must admit she did learn something. Nixon didn’t destroy his tapes. Hillary did have her server wiped clean.
And c’mon, if she had nothing to hide, why try so hard to destroy all that was on that server? Why delete thousands of emails before doing that? Clinton has been criticized for being too stiff, not having a soft side, not being likeable. If her personal emails were really just about yoga and her mother’s funeral and Chelsea’s wedding dress and other such similar correspondences, had she left them to be seen, she would have looked more human, exactly what she has needed for a long time. After Mitt Romney lost to Obama, works about him and his own post-campaign activities made people ask, “Where was this human Mitt during the campaign?”
So here we are. Hillary, now making lame jokes about the controversy, is under a growing cloud — no pun intended (those versed in internet jargon will get that), three of her top aides, Huma Abedin (still an aide), Cheryl Mills (no longer an aide), Jake Sullivan (still an aide) along with confidant Sidney Blumenthal (whose computer had actually been hacked in 2013) must answer for their own related actions, top Democrats are becoming increasingly worried as Hillary’s numbers keep dropping, and Bill Clinton, now quite attuned to servers being hackable, is wondering if his profile on AshleyMadison.com will become public. (I made up that part about Bill Clinton. But hey, who knows, right?)
We don’t know how this email thing will end, but it is very possible if Obama’s Justice Department stays the course, not allowing politics to, in any way, taint its investigation, the joke may be on Hillary Clinton as her latest effort to make history is thwarted because of her own unforced error shortcomings. And one day, I do sincerely hope, a more worthy woman from any party will take the Presidential Oath of Office swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States… not her own selfish interests.