Letting Hillary be Hillary
by Ben Crystal
It wasn’t that long ago that conservatives hoped Senator Bernie Sanders (D-ish — Vt.) would somehow pull off a miracle and beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. After all, they reasoned fairly, all it would take to beat Sanders in the general election would be to “let Bernie be Bernie.” Sure, he’d nab the angsty young millennial vote, but the Presidency — thank the Lord — doesn’t balance on the political whims of shrieking hipsters. Even counting the “gender studies” professors at Ivy League schools into Bernie’s likely tally, any Republican competition would beat the hoary old communist by the curvature of the Earth. Bernie is Ralph Nader on a bad hair day, Pat Buchanan after he skipped a few meals and Ross Perot without the booster seat.
And now, “Bread Line” Bernie is as vestigial as boobs on a bull moose. The Republicans can let Hillary be Hillary, and pretty much moonwalk into November. Already bloodied by Bernie’s relentless attacks, and burdened by her and her husband’s baggage, Hillary blundered into revelations that she’s a serial liar with an almost deliberate disregard for National security. And, Hillary being Hillary, she managed to turn an already nasty wreck into a 40 car pileup with fatalities.
It’s fairly obvious that Hillary’s electronic misadventures stem from either stupendous incompetence, pathological mendacity or both. And this week, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General released a report which fingered the former Madame Secretary for the kind of crimes against the State which normally involves someone doing real prison time.
According to the OIG, not only did Hillary maintain the illegal server in the can, she did so despite a recommendation of compliance by her own top stooge, Huma Abedin. Abedin literally told Clinton to secure her email comms:
“we should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam,”
and Clinton literally refused,
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”
I have no idea what “personal” matters Hillary wanted Huma to hide, possibly her well-padded bank account, but she gave up the right to play fast and loose when she signed on for Secretary’s gig.
Not only did Clinton actively refuse to abide by the laws regarding her communications, she or her top aides bullied into silence any staffers who raised objections.
“(O)ne staff member raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain Federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy Federal recordkeeping requirements.”
The response came down heavily from on high,
“(T)he matter was not to be discussed any further.”
Moreover, she, Abedin and Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, all engaged in a pattern of obfuscation to hamper the OIG’s investigation, refusing repeated interview requests by investigators.
Since the release of the OIG’s report, Hillary’s defense has suggested the old girl is either suffering from one of her “spells” or just plain doesn’t give a damn. Clinton spokeshole Brian Fallon tweeted “IG report makes clear her personal email use was not unique at State Dept;” as if “all the cool kids were doing it!” is a serviceable excuse.
Representative Elijah Cummings, who publicly turned his back on the families of Hillary’s Benghazi victims, misplayed the partisan card, “Republicans need to stop wasting taxpayer dollars singling out Secretary Clinton just because she is running for President.” The OIG — much like the FBI, which is also closing in on Clinton in a separate criminal probe — works for the President of the United States. I know Cummings isn’t the brightest bulb in the Congressional chandelier, but last time I checked, President Obama is no Republican. And that Clinton is running for President is incredibly relevant. If the aspiring Commander-in-Chief considers National security less important than keeping her yoga playlists private, she ought to consider another line of work.
You’ll recall that Hillary began asserting her innocence as far back as March of 2015, when she claimed “(T)he laws and regulations in effect when I was secretary of state allowed me to use my email for work. That is undisputed… I fully complied with every rule I was governed by.” We now know beyond a reasonable doubt that she was lying then, and each successive time she denied wrongdoing or involvement. Add this new catastrophe to the scandals which already plague her wheezing jalopy of a “campaign.” Her husband’s predatory behavior, fun new revelations of war profiteering in war-torn Africa and weapons deals with Islamofascist dictatorships, her horrifyingly cruel treatment of the Benghazi victims and their families and all ANY opponent needs to do is simply let Hillary be Hillary. She’ll do the rest.