One thing you might gloss over in the story is the reaction from the Clinton campaign:
"Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said the campaign had never been part of any such discussion about email classifications."
Of course "the campaign" wasn't -- because it didn't need to be. It had loyalists still in the government to do that kind of dirty work.
Not that Clinton waited until leaving office to mix her personal and official interests, as the recent reporting by ABC News about the
lucrative contracts awarded to "Friends of Bill"
over less-connected folks when State was coordinating relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti -- and the tragic shortfall that remains there between what was promised and what was actually delivered. Billions were spent on the impoverished island, and yet fewer than 1,500 homes have been rebuilt in six years. There is, however, a luxury hotel there now. It is owned by -- no prizes for guessing -- a Clinton Foundation donor.
All of which means there is a corollary to the
three rules for understanding what Trump says or does
that I posted last week. Here are the three rules for understanding Hillary:
- First, last and always, Hillary Clinton is about becoming president. If she needs to
call young black males "superpredators" in the 1990s
to help her husband win re-election, and then come back smiling to ask for their votes in 2016, she'll do it. She's not here for them, or anyone else. She's with her(self).
- Hillary wakes up every day asking herself, what do I need to say or do today to make sure I become president?
True or false, principled or not: If it will help her move one vote closer to the White House, she will do or say it -- and that's been true of her for at least two decades.
- There are things Hillary believes in, but none tops her belief she needs to be president. Hillary is a true-blue progressivist. Her reputation as a moderate owes only to her willingness to adapt in the name of seeking power. This is why most Bernie Bros don't trust her devotion to left-wing ideas, and why most conservatives don't trust the rhetoric she's sprinkled throughout this campaign to attract those of us who won't back Trump. None of it is believable.
The old adage has been proven correct many times: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. One who has proved corrupt with the power she has been given shouldn't be given more.