Friday, May 13, 2016

"It strains all logic ... to ignore the warning signs about Hillary Clinton"


Is the Democratic Party establishment just rolling the dice with Clinton? Do they know it's what they're doing (source)?

by Gaius Publius

The quote in the headline is from a recent piece by Shaun King, who looks at the mounting "impossible for the Party to ignore" list of incredulities about the Clinton candidacy. In particular, King looks at three pieces, bulleted below.
  • The inconsistency of her position on her speeches vs. her position on Trump's tax returns. King (my emphasis): "Yesterday, she openly mocked Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns and stated emphatically that his unwillingness to release them suggests that he is hiding something."
Note that it's not the apples-to-oranges difference between speeches and tax returns that's the problem. It's her "artful smear" — the suggestion that if he's not showing something, he must be hiding something. That looks pretty apples-to-apples to me, and damning. (Transcript of that artful smear here.)
  • Her poll after poll collapse in head-to-head matchups against Trump (while at the same time, head-to-head matchups between Sanders and Trump show Sanders' numbers improving, a point King doesn't make). King: "That's four polls released in 48 hours which all show Hillary struggling against Trump and Bernie performing significantly better." See King's piece for the detail.
  • Mounting problems and inconsistencies involving James Comey's FBI investigation of her private email server and its contents. 
The last point above contains at least three separate problems.

First, her use of an unsecured server itself, which wasn't even encrypted for the first two months of her time in office, raises questions of gross and criminal negligence with both classified and (as I read it) unclassified government documents, both types of which she had a legal obligation to protect. You could ask, for example, do the Russians have some of the contents of her server, or the Chinese? If Clinton were a mid-level officer in the CIA, what would be done to her regarding just that possibility alone?

It's apparent, by the way, that her use of a private server for all email, government and personal — and a single email account for all communication whatsoever — was not known or approved by anyone with the ability to "sign off" on it. See Jake Tapper here for more on that. And as you do, notice that CNN is asking these questions, not Fox.

Second, an examination of the server's contents, including more than 30,000 deleted and probably recovered emails (about half the total number), may also prove damning, especially if there was an inappropriate or corrupt mixing of government business with personal business.

Finally, the deletion of 30,000 emails, if content was being hidden for the purpose of concealing evidence of a crime, is a cover-up, itself a crime, and suggests a conspiracy on the part of her top staff to help her, another crime. In case you've lost count, that's potentially multiple crimes arising from this one investigation. 

That's just breath-taking when you consider the problems this issue raises for the party. All of it causes King to ask the question I quoted in the title:
At what point will the Democratic Party acknowledge that she is simply not the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump?
Note — This isn't about Clinton. It's about beating Donald Trump. Clinton is perfectly capable of worrying about Clinton, and that's her concern more than it is ours. Our concern is ... not electing Donald Trump. Presumably, but not certainly, it's the Party's chief concern as well. At least they say it is. But are they just rolling the dice because they like her best?

There will indeed be a crossroad in Philadelphia for us all. (And keep the name "Biden" in mind. We've been warned already.)

"The word 'investigation,' it's in our name"

King elaborates a bit on the email investigation in a section I'd like to quote:
Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey was forced to clarify that the Clinton campaign's characterization of their investigation into her email scandal as a "security inquiry," instead of a full fledged investigation, was simply wrong. Embarrassingly, Comey was then forced to say that he didn't even know what a "security inquiry" was — basically stating that the Clinton campaign made it all up.

"I don't know what that means," Comey told the media yesterday. "We're conducting an investigation. That's the bureau's business. That's what we do. The word 'investigation' — it's in our name," Comey declared. "And I'm not familiar with the term 'security inquiry."

That's not all. The State Department announced on Monday that the[y] "cannot find" years of emails from Hillary's information technology director, Bryan Pagliano. He's a central figure in the FBI investigation.

What are we supposed to think about this?
Even if the Justice Department does not issue indictments, this hangs like a sword over the Philadelphia Convention, the election, and her whole time in the White House, if she gets there. Wow. I do not envy her, but I worry much more about us. As I said, this is much more about the country than about Clinton.

It's Not Too Late to Stop This

It's still not too late to stop this, to help Bernie Sanders go to the convention with a majority of pledged delegates. He's still speaking to overflow crowds, and he's still winning states. It's an uphill climb, but not an impossible one. It's always been an uphill climb, and he's still in the race.

Care to help? Now is when he needs it. If so, click here. And thanks!


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At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing to me that people don't get this. Hillary is the Captain Ahab of the Democratic Party.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous OneLoneVoiceintheWild said...

See you at the convention...

I think too many dismiss and talk down to lifelong democrats who have been ignored for too long. Over 50, female, lifelong dem (that's decades) and I am proudly Bernie or Bust.

I know how to vote progressive down-ticket, and how to send money directly to a candidate rather than let the DNC get its cut.

Change is coming from within, keep calling us trump supporters, fake dems, tell me I am a skinny white boy from Cleveland Ohio,...I don't care. I am tired of being ignored and I am drowning. Hillary never gets my vote, deal with it. Or better yet, hear us.

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Biden's name never leaves my mind. My unemployed college-graduate offspring will be saddled with various amounts of student debt for many years yet, thanks in part to the Senator from MBNA.

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus, Bernie's lost. Get over it already. Such a flim flam article, most of which has been disproven. Most of it nothing more than media conjecture used to drive up ratings so they can report a horse race that actually ended up back in March.

Her emails have been investigated forwards, backwards, and inside out and there's nothing. So again, get over it.

I could write an equally long article about Sanders, and how many of his past deeds have not been brought to public attention simply because unlike Sanders, Clinton is the one talking about issues instead of Bernie and his minions doing their best to tear down the Democratic nominee. Funny too, because Bernie was supposed to be the one talking about issues but his and his little elves have made this race about anything other than the issues. By the way, where are Bernie's tax returns?

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Anonymous at 2:42 PM. I have been a loyal reader of DWT for some time but recently my loyalty has been sorely tested because of your reporting/analysis re Hillary. It's been mostly snark!! I feel like you are stuck in Bill's first term along with the wing nuts accusing the Clintons of murdering Vince Foster.

By the way, I am a big fan of Bernie and voted for him in the primary. He has done wonderfully and has gotten Hillary to move to the left. But his chances of winning are virtually zero. For me it's all about SCOTUS and retaking the Senate and perhaps even the House/some state legislatures & governorships.

Continue to support Bernie if you must, but knock off the smear campaign against Hillary.

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Cyberburl said...

I completely disagree with the last two comments. Keep up the great work Gaius and DWT.

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another look at the matter:

When do we get into the investigation of the Clinton influence/access peddling operated through the Clinton Foundation slush fund?
for example:

Sanders annual income is on the same order as the fee HRC got for a SINGLE Goldman-Sachs appearance.

John Puma

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To John: See

A single mention of the pretty open corruption/money laundering scheme that is the Clinton foundation.

While *ALL* dispassionate analyses of $hillbillary's server thingie indicates $he broke each and every relevant law, the fact that Comey is dragging his feet so long indicates that there will be no indictment, except maybe for Pagliano, who might be being set up as their patsy du jour. Don't lament this. I'm sure the Clintons will make him very whole upon his release as thanks for taking the fall.

Look, this article is just going to limit the discussion to "it's about beating drumpf" instead of dissecting the many ways $hillbillary are the most awful D candidates in history (until next time) and are totally anathema to an open democratic society.

Ask yourself the following: Will "electing" an incoherent racist misogynist malignant narcissist be worse than electing a lying neocon neoliberal corrupt warmongering malignant narcissist? This question probably cannot be answered except by electing one of them and watching the debacle one fuckup at a time.

I don't care what the outcome is. I'm never, ever voting for an R; and I'll never, ever vote for a D again. $hillbillary and their puppet org, the DNC, are anathema to democracy. And NEITHER candidate/party give a flying copulate about the 99.99%.

Warning SIGNS about $hillbillary? How about 42 years of incontrovertible proof that $he is despicable? Not signs. proof. there you go.

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the release of the latest report by the state dept's internal investigators, it is now clear that $hillbillary SHOULD be indicted. But the FBI is conducting it's 4-corner's play and will certainly delay past the election. And even if the FBI passes a recommendation for indictment to obamanation's servile DOJ, there will not be any action before the election.

What that means is:

herr drumpf wins, names some rightwing political hack as AG and wait the approximate .32 seconds before HE indicts $hillbillary;

or $hillbillary wins, lies as $he takes the oath, and wait approximately .32 seconds before the R house impeaches her.

$hillbillary and the money's D contingent in the senate probably could buy an acquittal... but that could take 2 years to process. However, that would only be so if the veep that $he drags along is another money whoring $hill.

If $hillbillary names someone like Warren as veep (gawd Elizabeth, just say no!!!), the money would absolutely acquit. If it's another one like biden, they might just allow a conviction.

Look, effing democrats, we can nominate Bernie and all this goes away. I know the money won't allow that, though.


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