What Fresh Hell Is This?

July 7, 2016

My Issue WIth The Clinton Email Server

By now we've all read about Clinton's damn emails:
The investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email while secretary of state is closed, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday, removing a legal cloud that threatened the presumptive Democratic nominee's presidential bid.

Lynch said she accepted the Federal Bureau of Investigation's recommendations that no charges be brought in the probe, as Republicans made clear they would not let Clinton's email headaches fade away easily.
But the statement by FBI Director Comey is hardly something for anyone on Team Clinton to be happy about.

Here's my problem.  Regardless of the question of legality/illegality (which seems to have been resolved) my issue is one of judgement on the Secretary of State's part.

She was at the core (if not at the core then certainly standing right next to) of all of those Clinton "scandals" of the nineties:
  • Whitewater
  • Filegate
  • Travelgate
  • The LA Haircut
  • Vince Foster's death
  • Ron Brown's death
  • And so on.
None of which actually amounted to anything.  Ken Starr brought no charges regarding any of them, and the Clintons had nothing to do with either Foster's or Brown's deaths.  The haircut didn't cause any delays.  And so on.  All Bill got snagged for was misleading the OIC about the non-wifey blowjobs. 

And that was it.

But remember how the GOP and their friends the media (right wing and otherwise) treated each?

Scandal!  Scandal!!  SCANDAL!!

It's not too much of an exaggeration to propose that if, as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton were to use the wrong fork for her salad either Larry Klayman and/or Judicial Watch would file a FOIA lawsuit to find out why.

Given all that, what was she thinking to even set up those email servers in the first place?  And did she think that no one would find out and ask questions about them?  Ever?

Even if the use of those email servers was completely OK (and again, no charges but the picture Comey painted wasn't pretty) then it was her team's responsibility to make sure that every aspect of their use was beyond squeaky clean.

Yes, it's unfair and yes it's a double standard but given her last name and the GOP/media appetite for Clinton scandals, it's completely understandable.

Or at least it should have been when they were thinking of setting up those servers.  They should have gotten an official OK for every circuit board, every USB cable, every keystroke, everything.  They should have done that so that when the inevitable congressional investigation began they had it officially covered. 

They should have done this beforehand.

But they didn't.  At the very least they misread and underestimated their political and journalistic adversaries - and that means they didn't learn the lessons of 20 years ago well enough. 

And that's a big problem.


Zeus0209 said...

The tone that jumps out reminds me of clip from Charlie Wilson's War. Ok, so maybe I'm a bit conspiratorial thinking too:

Gust Avrakotos: As long as the press sees sex and drugs behind the left hand, you can park a battle carrier behind the right hand and no one's gonna fucking notice.

Omega Cuck Supreme said...

"what was she thinking to even set up those email servers in the first place?"
She did it to dodge FOIA Because "Larry Klayman and/or Judicial Watch would file a FOIA lawsuit" to get her emails.

Funny to see Clinton's progressive supporters try to deflect this by citing Trump praising Saddam Hussein. These are the same Anti-war people who defended and took the side of Saddam Hussein during the Iraq war.
"He is harmless. We got him in a box. We can make a deal with him. NO WAR!!!"

Ol' Froth said...

OK, I actually thought Heir might be going somewhere germane to the post with his first sentence. But then he pivots, points, and screams "LOOK OVER HERE!"