Transparency for thee, not for me

The New York Times dropped this bombshell yesterday:

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

Hillary Clinton? Ms Transparency?

During the Hillarycare debate, it was the closed character of the work of her task force that gave the impression that she was trying to pull a fast one.

During the Whitewater investigation that dragged on for years—and led directly to the discovery of Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky—there was intense debate within the Clinton White House over whether the Clintons shouldn’t just produce all of the available documents, prove there wasn’t a lot there, and be done with it.

Hillary Clinton, though, was adamant that officials should do no such thing, and should instead give up nothing without a fight.

The impression that she had something to hide—even when she may not have—was cemented when her Whitewater billing records from her old practice, the Rose Law Firm, mysteriously went missing for two years, then turned up in a reading room in the third-floor residence at the White House.

Well, maybe not so transparent.

ABC News notes that State Department spokesperson Marie “Harf said no classified business was conducted on Clinton’s email.”

Oh? How then was classified material transmitted? Pneumatic tubes?

Et tu, Vox?

Perhaps even more stunning is that the Obama White House, whose top officials were presumably exchanging frequent emails with Clinton, apparently did not insist she adopt an official email account. At some point during Obama’s first year, there must have been at least one senior official who dealt with the political fallout of Karl Rove using a personal address, then turned around and fired off an email to the personal address that Hillary Clinton used exclusively. That this continued for four years is baffling.

Baffling perhaps, but not without a preceding pattern of same.

Some of my Twitter ranting today:

From Salon, believe it or not: “As secretary of state, Clinton talked a good game about transparency, but she deliberately undermined it.”

Interesting how MSM is fishing around for excuses for Hillary’s ongoing violation of Federal law, but can’t seem to come up with anything.

Hillary email story is not just another scandal. I don’t think we quite appreciate how damaging it is, or are adequately capitalizing on it.

This is why we lose. We focus on emotionally-satisfying (the speech) and largely ignore strategy (capitalizing on Hillary ignoring the law).

Think this through. If Hillary isn’t the Dem nominee, it gives GOP base more latitude in picking a Republican nominee. Epic game changer.

The means are at hand to take down Hillary and all but ensure that we take the WH. But go ahead and bitch and moan about Boehner.

And any conservative talk show host who doesn’t spend the majority of today’s show talking about the email story is part of the problem.

And we have a big problem. Because this story is dying on the vine. Sometimes I think we want to lose. Either that, or we’ve acquired a kind of angry learned helplessness where the MSM is concerned–and oddly enough, they won’t defend her, for the most part.

 

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