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What the Left Is Saying About Hillary!

Filed under: General — JVW @ 2:31 pm

[guest post by JVW]

I always find it interesting when a Democrat politician is caught up in a scandal of some sorts to see how he or she is treated by media outlets that are otherwise generally supportive of that politician’s agenda. Hillary! is the quintessential front-runner whose support is a mile wide but an inch deep, so it’s not too hard to envision her support among the leftist media crumbling rather quickly as they come to understand the level of toxicity her candidacy brings. So with that, here’s a quick round up of how her recent email scandal is being viewed on the left:

The New Republic: “The story of Clinton’s private email and server has no woman angle, but that didn’t stop Clinton from trying to create one, and reporters and detractors from seeing one. Both supporters and critics will see everything about Clinton’s probable presidential candidacy through the lens of her gender.”

The Washington Post Editorial Board: “In the end, it is clear Ms. Clinton was acting in a gray zone, one created in part by the rapid pace of technological change. But it is also apparent that her decisions on her e-mail were based on what was best for her — what was ‘convenient’— and not so much for the public trust.”

Mother Jones: “The Clinton camp’s handling of the controversy was a sign that Hillary and her gang are stuck in the Whitewaterish 1990s when it comes to communications strategy, relying on always-be-combating tactics predicated on self-perceived persecution.”

The Nation*: “The Clinton machine’s real target audience, I suspect, are the media pundits and political reporters who will cover the next campaign and inevitably shrink the terms of debate by reducing the substance to a handful of insipid, shorthand clichés.”

Any Democrat who wants to be President one day but was going to sit out 2016 because the nomination belongs to Hillary! is too stupid to ever hold public office.


* The Nation article, written by William Grieder and posted on March 10, makes no mention of Hillary!’s email kerfuffle. Instead, it focuses on her phony populism and suggests that she will happily abandon her newly-found concern about “income inequality” if she makes it to the White House. It doesn’t appear that anyone at The Nation has addressed Hillary!’s email woes as of this writing.

Two Lies From The First Woman President’s Press Conference

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:39 am

Hillary said she just wanted to use one device:

[W]hen I got to work as Secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account–which was allowed by the state department– because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails, instead of two. Looking back, it would have been better if I had simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue. . . . I thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.

Except she actually used two (clip is just 18 seconds long):

Hillary said the server “contains personal communications from my husband and me.”

Except that, shortly before the press conference, Bill Clinton revealed that he has sent only two emails in his life, both while he was president:

The former president, who does regularly use Twitter, has sent a grand total of two emails during his entire life, both as president, says Matt McKenna, his spokesman. After leaving office, Mr. Clinton established his own domain that staff use– But Mr. Clinton still doesn’t use email himself, Mr. McKenna said.

As president, Mr. Clinton’s first email was a message to John Glenn, the former senator and astronaut who in 1998 was making a return trip to space. Mr. Glenn wrote Mr. Clinton, and the president replied. “Hillary and I had a great time at the launch,” Mr. Clinton wrote in his note. “We are very proud of you and the entire crew, and a little jealous.”

Whoops, and whoops.

You gotta lie better than that, Ms. First Woman President.

P.S. Seriously: I cannot listen to that voice for four years.

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