Clinton and the Emails

September 6th, 2015

First, let me say that I am not a big Hillary Clinton fan. My impression is that she will continue everything Obama is doing that disappoints me, and likely will expand that to even more stuff I won’t like. I see her as another candidate bound to wealth and business, only mouthing platitudes to the middle class but likely not much more. Like Obama, she’ll very vaguely be on our side, but will never lead—she’ll only move when the fruit is over-ripe and then catch it falling and say she was behind it all along.

I would be quite happy if Clinton fell from the race and Sanders were allowed to burst forth; he’s my only actual hope for a candidate.

That said, I wanted to comment on the whole email thing. From what I read (Slate’s account seems well-informed and not apologetic), it’s dubious, at best—but like Benghazi, enough dust can be kicked up to make it look like Clinton was guilty of something, and that’s good enough for Republicans. And while it is possible that something may at some time emerge that could be legally damaging to Clinton, it seems unlikely.

However, even if something emerges showing that Clinton did something more than just fishy, and at least unethical, and possibly even something illegal—as much as I dislike Clinton, I strongly believe that she should get a pass on it. Again, I wouldn’t mind seeing her kicked out, but on principle, she shouldn’t be.

There are two fundamental reasons behind this.

First, laws should not be upheld selectively—and the laws in this case are being applied as selectively as you can imagine. During the Bush 43 administration, non-government email servers were used on a massive scale, involving far more damning investigations (including the US Attorney scandal), and as many as 22 million emails were deleted, roughly 500 times as many as Clinton is said to have deleted. And not only were Rove and several others heavily involved never charged with anything, but Republicans threatened the political equivalent of all-out nuclear war if Democrats, having regained control of Congress in 2006, even thought about investigating the matter. So, as far as I’m concerned, until Republicans first begin a thorough investigation into the Bush email scandal, they have zero foundation for investigating Hillary.

A law is meaningless—worse than meaningless—if it is only applied to politicians of one party, and not the other.

The second reason is related to the first: the investigation into Clinton and the emails is about as purely political as you could possibly get. This is not about national security, this is not about whether or not something wrong was done. This is about Hillary being a 2016 powerhouse, and Republicans hating her guts and wanting to take her down if it is the last thing they ever do. If Hillary were not running, there would be no investigation. Period. And when it comes to investigations designed solely to destroy a political candidate, again, we enter the realm of “much worse than meaningless.” It is, is no uncertain terms, a blatant abuse of power, above and beyond the baselessness and the sheer hypocrisy involved.

Not that that ever stopped Republicans.

  1. Troy
    September 7th, 2015 at 11:07 | #1

    I don’t think the GOP witch hunt here is about hate, they’d rather run against Sanders than Hillary, and of course even if they fail to knock her out attacking is always better in politics, never defending.

    As for the wherefores, let’s not forget this:

    Hillary is about far right as I wish our spectrum went, but of course . . .

    Got a new job going now so looks like I won’t be retiring to Japan for another 10-15 years, sigh.

    Good thing I’ll be boosting up my SSA payouts, wonder where the yen will be in 2030, LOL.

    15 more years in this nuthatch, ugh.

  2. kensensei
    September 8th, 2015 at 14:05 | #2

    Yep. This is solely motivated by politics, pure and simple.

    This phony e-mail blunder is really the worst that the GOP could dig up on Clinton. The reason no one cared about Dubbya’s private e-mail server was that there was a mountain of other, more relevant crimes committed under his watch. Something like that seemed insignificant (which it STILL is with Hillary). And this shows the hypocrisy of the Republican Party; “Look who’s calling the kettle black!:

    The GOP just needs something (anything!) to make Clinton look bad. But if one looks at it as a simple ‘mistake’ or ‘bad judgement,’ it just serves to make her look human like everyone else. One would be hard-pressed to actually find anything “criminal” or “illegal” here.

    Here’s more reading to support the point that it’s all smoke and no fire.
    “State Dept. says there is no poicy against Private Email”

    On another topic, I have listened to Bernie Sanders for years on the Thom Hartmann radio show, so I am familiar with his views. I continue to be a huge Bernie supporter. My only issue with Bernie is that, with all the scary stuff currently happening on the international scene, we may need someone with Hillary’s foreign policy experience in the WH to sort it all out. As a US Senator, Bernie is more of a domestic issues guy.


  3. kensensei
    September 13th, 2015 at 14:43 | #3

    Another ruing from the DOJ yesterday:

    “…the justice department said…Clinton had the right to delete personal emails and those messages are not subject to the public records law.”

    So there!


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