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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hillary Rolls Out Wheezy Old Clinton Scandal Playbook Against Emailgate

by JASmius

There's a line from Iron Man III that I think is particularly appropo to this story:

You experience things and then they're over and you still can't explain them....[so] I do what I know.

Hillary Clinton is caught in her own self-inflicted trap known as Emailgate.  She utterly lacks her husband's political skillset to extract herself from it or finesse it or turn it to her advantage.  But her towering hubris will not allow her to realize any of this and bow to the inevitable - that she will never be POTUS - so....she does what she knows:

Hillary Rodham Clinton is mounting a forceful defense of her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.

Futile is more like it.

In an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press, [Mrs.] Clinton compared the attacks to partisan confrontations on her husband's administration more than two decades ago.

Of course, she does.

[Mrs.] Clinton said she "can't control" what she called the "drip, drip, drip" of investigations into her email, adding that she "can't predict to what the Republicans will come up with."

i.e. the "Republican attack machine" and its "politics of personal destruction".

She likened the inquiries to scandals that plagued her husband's presidential campaigns and administration. [Mrs.] Clinton says: "In the nineties, I was subjected to this same barrage, and it seemed to be endless."

Not just her.  But since her husband was the face of that administration, with all the political gifts she lacks, he was effortlessly able to, well, extract himself from it and finesse it and turn it to his advantage.  Something of which she has no hope, to which she is permanently blinded.

“There’s only so much I can control,” she said, characterizing her responses as entailing “more transparency and more information than anybody I’m aware of that’s ever served in the government.” [emphasis added]

 There's the standard Clinton qualifier to give her an out out of the same relentlessly absurd lie.

[Mrs.] Clinton and her husband both compare the current inquiries into to scandals as far back as the Whitewater land deal that plagued his 1992 campaign and his administration.

Sure.  Might as well.  When your campaign is spiraling down the drain, the temptation to look back nostalgically and delusionally to the glory days in the hopes of "recapturing the old magic" can be overwhelming.  Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to come to grips with the bleak reality that those glory days are over and are never coming back.

If Hillary Clinton had any strength of character, she would admit defeat now before this hot mess of scandal and corruption that is her sinking presidential ambitions gets any worse.  But then, if she had any strength of character, she never would have arrogantly blundered into Emailgate by complying with the Federal Records Act and never "homebrewing" her own personal email server in the first place.

As we opened with Tony Stark, we close with King Solomon:

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

Bet you never saw those two characters ever mentioned in the same sense before, didja?

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