The State Department released another 7,121 pages of Hillary Clinton emails on Monday, many of them in heavily redacted form. According to department spokesman Mark Toner, 125 of them included material now officially designated as classified. While Toner insisted that these emails were not considered classified at the time, it’s the latest bad break for the once-inevitable DNC nominee.
“On hundreds of occasions, Hillary Clinton’s reckless attempt to skirt transparency laws put sensitive information and our national security at risk,” said Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus. “With the FBI continuing to investigate, Hillary Clinton’s growing email scandal shows she cannot be trusted with the White House.”
In addition to the classified information, the email dump also exposed the fact that the State Department’s IT staff didn’t even know the secretary was using an outside server. An email exchange from February 2010 has an IT worker wondering why one of Clinton’s correspondents was getting a “fatal error” when trying to email her. Clinton, admittedly ignorant when it comes to technology, passed the email on to her top aide, Huma Abedin, asking her if she knew what the problem was. Abedin responded: “Ur email must be back up!!” She went on to explain that the IT department “had no idea it was YOU” because the email was not in the State Department system.
Clinton has gotten some laughs from exploiting her own technological illiteracy, but is that really what we’re looking for in our next president? This is 2015; it’s no longer okay to be so clueless about this stuff. It’s no longer funny. No one’s suggesting that Clinton should be able to build a PC from scratch, but you don’t have to be a genius to know that “wiping” a server has nothing to do with a cloth.
But then, maybe Clinton has had her aides doing everything for her for so long that she’s become essentially helpless. That would explain an email to State Dept. staffer Monica Hanley where Clinton asks: “Can you give me times for two TV shows: Parks and Recreation and The Good Wife?” Seriously? The woman who wants to be the leader of the free world can’t Google TV listings?
Incompetency, arrogance, and deceitfulness make for a smelly stew. 2016 is an opportunity for Americans to restore honor to the White House after eight long years of disgraceful leadership. By choosing Clinton instead, we are rolling back to the days of scandal, independent investigations, and impeachment. Questions swirl around Benghazi to this day, none of them satisfactorily answered by Clinton or the Obama administration. Similarly, a shroud of suspicion remains over the Clinton Foundation and whether or not Hillary traded State Department favor for private donations.
By some miracle, Democrats seem to be waking up to their folly. Clinton’s poll numbers are sinking rapidly – to the point that the nomination of Sen. Bernie Sanders now seems almost plausible. Sanders would of course be a socialist nightmare in an age where the debt clock is running off the charts, but he at least brings a modicum of integrity with him to the race. Frankly, when it comes to the DNC – and Washington in general – that’s better than what we have now.