Ah, yes. Are you feeling it? The vibe of the 1990’s is back in the air. Yes, that time of one hundred thousand dollar cattle future deals, of Rose law firm billing records miraculously appearing in the White House after being missing for over two years, and yes, that time when gravity was suspended and Vince Foster’s blood flowed uphill. Yes, with the Clintons ready to take their spot back on the political center stage, it’s déjà vu all over again.
It’s makes me a little nostalgic for the decade when the Bulls ruled the hardwood, Britney Spears was queen of pop, and Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts were duking it out for the title of America’s favorite sweetheart. They have all have come and gone, but not the Clintons. BillHill (or as I like to refer to them HillBilly) are back for more of the same and to reprise their roles as grifters-in-chief.
Hillary has created quite a kerfuffle with the disclosure that she utilized a private, non-governmental email account while Secretary of State in violation of federal statutes. Despite being advised of the government email requirement when she assumed the position of secretary, she used the private account anyway and actually set up a private server in her New York residence to handle the flow of email. In fact, it now appears that she maintained several private email accounts and may have conducted government business through all of them.
No one should be surprised. Hillary has a history of shielding her activities from any scrutiny. In 1993 while leading a government effort to reform health care, Hillary was highly criticized for creating a wall of secrecy around the activities of the committee. She actually went to court to defend shielding the committee’s efforts from the public.
In 1996, in an interview with NewsHour host Jim Lehrer, she responded to his question of did she keep a diary of her time in the White House with, “Heavens no! It would get subpoenaed. I can’t write anything down.”
At a high-end fundraiser in 2000, Hillary is recorded saying to one of her largest donors that she would never use email because it could be used as evidence in an investigation.
Later in 2007 during her presidential campaign, she maintained a veil of secrecy about her time in the White House. Her opponents charged that she was being overly restrictive in not allowing access to pertinent White House records.
That same year, Hillary made a speech ranting about the secrecy of the Bush administration and its use of secret, private email accounts. And then less than two years later, Hillary sets up her own private email system and conducts government business through it. Ain’t politics grand?
Then in 2012, the State Department ousts Scott Gration, the ambassador to Kenya for using a private email account just exactly what his boss had been doing for years. Rules are just for the little folk, right?
As I see it, there are only two reasons why Hillary would be so secretive. The first would be to keep the public from seeing how incompetent she is. Make no mistake; the woman is highly, highly incompetent. There is not one thing of significance you can point to that shows the ability to govern. Her leadership of the health care effort of the early 1990’s was a disaster and allowing the details of that sinking ship out would have damaged her beyond repair.
Her time as Secretary of State is no better. Russia disrespects us and is on the move in Eastern Europe. She left a disaster in the Middle East. Her culpability in Benghazi is yet to be proven but the ensuing cover-up was embarrassingly inept. She definitely doesn’t want the email cloud surrounding this sad episode becoming public.
The other reason for secrecy is of course to hide indictable activities. Obviously, Hillary knew of the illegality of her email actions. She did it anyway assuming that the gain of the actions she was hiding was worth the risk of getting caught violating a government regulation.
We may never truly know what she was really hiding. Handing over mountains of emails means nothing. Whatever emails have been turned over have gone through the HillBilly filter and mean very little. Maybe the NSA can help us out here. I’m sure somewhere in their yottabyte sized data farm that all of Hillary’s emails are available.
I suspect that she was making solicitations to foreign governments for campaign donations in return for favorable treatment when she’s president. Typical HillBilly stuff; use money to get power, use power to get money.
I think that this ultimately can sink the HillBilly ship. The lame stream media are showing some Clinton fatigue and appear to be tired of sweeping up after them. And the Benghazi committee smells blood. Hillary hasn’t announced her candidacy formerly because she needed to clear this email hurdle. I believe she has caught her foot and will soon tumble onto the track.
So where does that leave Democrats? There’s a lot of interest in Elizabeth Warren. However, with 2016 looking to be a Republican year, the Dems may not want to spend their first woman president bullet until election would be more certain. Look for a male dark horse (or donkey) to appear soon.