Patterico's Pontifications

7/9/2016

Obama: “It’s Very Hard to Untangle the Motives” of Dallas Shooter

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:38 pm

It’s almost as impenetrable a mystery as the motives of the Orlando shooter who said he did it for ISIS.

I actually thought this had to be a joke when I first read about it. I had to watch the video to be convinced it wasn’t from the Onion.

Hey, NYT, If Hillary Clinton Wants Voters To Trust Her, She Should Start By Admitting She Was Indeed “Extremely Careless” With Her Emails

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:57 am

[guest post by Dana]

The New York Times would like you to know that Hillary Clinton is aware of that pesky trust issue that’s been dogging her the entire campaign and that she is working on it:

For most of her presidential campaign, whenever Hillary Clinton has been confronted with polls showing that a majority of voters do not trust her, she has attributed the problem to decades of wild Republican attacks and right-wing conspiracy theories.

Last week, speaking to a sympathetic crowd in Chicago, she also pointed a finger in a surprising new direction: at herself.

“I personally know I have work to do on this front; a lot of people tell pollsters they don’t trust me,” Mrs. Clinton said in a speech to the Rainbow/Push Coalition on June 27. “It is certainly true I have made mistakes,” she said a moment later, adding, “So I understand people having questions.”

The questions grew far more intense after the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., on Tuesday bluntly contradicted numerous statements Mrs. Clinton and her aides had made over the past year in defending her email practices as secretary of state.

Though Mr. Comey’s stark critique of her actions as “extremely careless” came after he recommended that she not be criminally charged, it cast a harsh light on perhaps the central challenge to Mrs. Clinton and her campaign: how to get skeptical voters to trust her.

Yet the snippet of introspection last week from Mrs. Clinton, a candidate not known for public soul-searching, may have signaled an important shift in how she and her campaign hope to do just that.

You can’t just talk someone into trusting you,” she told her audience. “You’ve got to earn it.”

Certainly it’s true that trust is earned. But the problem is, Hillary Clinton just doesn’t believe she is untrustworthy or has done anything wrong. Not really. It’s still everyone else’s fault. She just has the unfortunate bad luck of getting caught in the crosshairs of other people’s incompetency. And when your premise is that everyone else is at fault from the get-go, there really isn’t any reason to own anything. Not even when it’s the Director of the FBI laying out the case against you:

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In an interview with Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News, Clinton once again demonstrates that she really doesn’t understand (or care) about building trust with voters. This is in spite of the efforts of the New York Times to convince us otherwise.

At the 5:10 mark:

Scott Pelley: Well, were you extremely careless?

Hillary Clinton: No, I was not, and neither were the 300 people who sent me that material.

–Dana


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