Update: No sooner did we hit the “publish” button than common sense begins to assert itself. Did the White House expose Hillary’s e-mails this week to protect their deal with Iran?
Lee Smith wonders: Who ordered the Code Red on Hillary, and why? Why, when we’ve known for two years that she used private e-mail thanks to the “Guccifer” hacking, was this the week that all of this suddenly blew up?
Or to put the question another way, why did Hillary Clinton become the Obama administration’s bête noire this very week, the same one during which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled all of the world’s focus onto the issue of the administration’s negotiations with Iran?
The answer is because the two are related: This week’s tarring of Hillary Clinton is part of the White House’s political campaign to shut off debate about its hoped-for deal. It’s not hard to see why they’re anxious. With Netanyahu’s speech forcing lawmakers and editorial writers to face up to the proposed agreement’s manifest problems, the administration fears the prospect of Democrats jumping ship and signing on to Kirk-Menendez sanctions legislation that also would give Congress oversight on the deal. So far, the White House has managed to keep Democratic lawmakers in line, no matter how much they seem to question the wisdom of the proposed deal. Hillary Clinton, gearing up for a 2016 run in which she is likely to put some distance between herself and Obama’s dubious Middle East policies, is the one major national Democratic figure who can give Democrats in Congress cover.
Our answer (below) is better, but this is a step into reality and the right direction. Rick Wilson is also giving Republicans the same advice we do at the end of our article.
In other words, it was a nightmare week for Barack Obama. The only respite for Obama was a squirrel that captured the national attention.
Now maybe in this squirrelly matter we are influenced by the two Cate Blanchett period movies about Elizabeth I and the Golden Age. In the past few weeks we have watched these two movies repeatedly (aired by the Ovation channel). In one of the moves, after an assassination attempt on the queen her shrewd counselor Walsingham is asked “who did it?” Walsingham notes that for various reasons it could not have been France (Elizabeth was at the time pretending to consider a marriage proposal from the transvestite Duc D’Anjou) nor Spain (the ambassador was present at the assassination attempt). Walsingham’s suspicions are immediately drawn to the treacherous Duke of Norfolk. As to Hillary’s emails we will answer “who did it?” much like Walsingham.
Fact: Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account when she was secretary of State was lawful. The law restricting such private accounts by public officials was changed in 2014.
Fact: The 2009 Archives Preservation Law was not violated. [snip]
Fact: Thousands of State Department officials and others received e-mails from Secretary Clinton during her tenure, and all knew that she was using a private e-mail address. This flat out contradicts all the baseless innuendo that she was attempting to hide her use of a private e-mail address.
Back to Walsingham. So who then “dunnit?” It wasn’t the Benghazi Select Committee. Who? Try the treacherous boob who stabs everyone in the back (Mary, Spain, Elizabeth, his wife) the Duke of Norfolk a.k.a. Barack Obama.
For weeks Barack Obama plotted ways to disrupt Netanyahu’s speech on March 3. Charles Krauthammer joins us today it calling Netanyahu’s speech “Churchillian”. But Krauthammer is no Walsingham:
Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning
Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to preemptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.
On the contrary. The steady stream of slights and insults turned an irritant into an international event and vastly increased the speech’s audience and reach. Instead of dramatically unveiling an Iranian nuclear deal as a fait accompli, Obama must now first defend his Iranian diplomacy.
We agree with Krauthammer that the attacks on Netanyahu drew more attention to Netanyahu’s speech on March 3. Krauthammer misses with his assertion that “Obama came up empty in his campaign to preemptively undermine Netanyahu”.
Contra Krauthammer, as March 3 dawned, a squirrel captured the national attention. The New York Times on March 3 published a report on Hillary’s emails. Hillary bypassed government email systems and established her own server and email system at her home in Chappaqua, reported the Hillary hating left wing Times.
Netanyahu’s speech and ObamaCare should have dominated the national headlines without respite this past week. Instead Republicans/conservatives and Obama Dimocrats/leftists fixated on the squirrel to the detriment of what should have been to undisturbed topics of conversation – Netanyahu and ObamaCare.
Think we’re nuts talking about squirrels? Consider, the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi knew about Hillary’s email system since August 2014. August 2014! But someone released that squirrel on March 3 which disrupted news coverage of the Netanyahu speech and lessened coverage of the ObamaCare fiasco the very next day (not to mention the relevance of Israel v. Iran Purim on March 5, 2015). As soon as Netanyahu’s speech was over it was Hillary email squirrels on the headlines. As soon as the Supreme Court ObamaCare arguments were over it was back to Hillary email squirrels.
Yup, the Republicans on the Benghazi committee knew about the Hillary email system in August 2014.
Representative Mike Pompeo evades Greta Van Susteren’s repeated questions about why the Benghazi committee knew since August 2014 about Hillary’s email system but never issued a subpoena. We’re not attacking the Benghazi Select Committee, we’ve supported the creation and the work of the Benghazi Select Committee. Our point Walshingham-like is the Benghazi Select Committee knew since August 2014 about the Hillary emails – so the Committee is not a likely suspect in the release of the Hillary email squirrel on March 3, 2015 which has removed Netanyahu and ObamaCare from the headlines.
“Who then?” asks Walsingham. Mark Levin does a good impression of Walsingham:
Mark Levin believes that the recent leaks about Hillary’s private emails and email server are an inside job by the Democrats who either want to take her down a notch or want to take her out completely:
Bingo! “This is an inside job.”
Levin is misinformed when he says that Republicans did not know about Hillary’s emails and private server. Republicans knew but they did not have the MOTIVE.
For Republicans the smart move was to confront Hillary with their “bombshell” at a public hearing of the Benghazi Select Committee. Better timing for Republicans would be to drop this story the minute Hillary announces (if ever).
So who has the motive?
Sean Hannity, always ready to blame Bill or Hillary Clinton says this entire email release is a ploy by Bill and Hillary to get the bad news out early to bleed it dry of news value before Hillary announces. Sean is sure Hillary will run for president.
Hannity’s theory has some merit to it. In fact, it has a great deal of merit to it. If Hannity’s theory is correct then Hannity and Republicans and Conservatives and Hillary haters are dancing to Hillary’s tune and helping Hillary Clinton 2016. Indeed, if Hannity’s theory is correct Hillary should send free ReadyForHillary merchandise to every Republican, Conservative, and Hillary hater so fixated and focused and in love with the Hillary email story. It’s as if Hillary’s server is serving up the heads of her Mary Queen of Scots style detractors. Hannity’s theory is most definitely tasty.
But Hannity’s tasty theory is not very nutritious. For one thing, if true, Hillary could have waited until she had a full complement of campaign workers hired and ready for her announcement – prepared to fight back against the email story she according to Hannity released herself
Also, if Hannity is correct Hillary undertook a risk that without a response team ready the story might then acquire “legs” and keep going for months and months. Bottom line is that Hannity’s theory does not hold up. So Walsingham goes back the Mark Levin theory.
Going into the campaign season, President Johnson was the heavy favorite (as Clinton is now) but many on the left were urging Robert Kennedy to run (as they are now urging Warren to do).
Kennedy lacked the guts to challenge LBJ, but Eugene McCarthy was up for the fight. Though McCarthy didn’t defeat Johnson in the New Hampshire primary, he did well enough to cause Kennedy to enter the race. Soon thereafter, Johnson announced that he would neither seek nor accept his party’s nomination.
I would expect Warren to follow Kenney’s example and enter the race if Clinton were to withdraw or falter in 2016. Warren’s challenge will resemble Kennedy’s in terms of ideology, though she will be nothing like the campaign trail dynamo Kennedy was in 1968.
With Johnson out of the race and with two left-wing antiwar candidates fighting for the nomination, Vice President Hubert Humphrey announced his candidacy and attempted to rally the party establishment around him. Would Joe Biden do the same in 2016? I believe he would.
Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! All that is needed now is a willing dupe to set the stage like Eugene McCarthy for the Massachusetts Mohican, the Bay State Squaw – Speaking Bull. How?
With all the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, another bit of political news has been largely overlooked. At a press conference in Baltimore on Tuesday, Martin O’Malley, the former Democratic governor of Maryland, said that he won’t seek the U.S. Senate seat that Barbara Mikulski, Maryland’s five-term Democratic senator, has announced she will vacate in 2016. Rather than entering a Senate race in which he would immediately be the favorite, O’Malley appears set to go all-in and challenge Clinton for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Officially, O’Malley is still merely considering a bid. But his travel schedule suggests otherwise. Last weekend, he was in South Carolina; this weekend he’s headed to New Hampshire. He has also scheduled trips to Iowa this month and next.
In South Carolina O’Malley attacked “triangulation”. Looks like he’s a Eugene style stalking horse. But really O’Malley? Well here’s another stalking horse suggestion from the Hillary hater left:
Biden should run. Now
It’s too convoluted an argument for Bumblin’ Joe to run for president so we won’t publish an longer excerpt. But really, Joe???
It’s desperation time on the left. Conservative Joseph Curl writes there’s “agita” for Dimocrats because of Hillary’s emails and other alleged failings. It’s not just the right wing. National Journal writes:
In 2013, The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza posed a question: “If not Hillary Clinton in 2016, then who?”
For the once great Democratic Party that has been taken over by Obama (we now refer to it as the Obama Dimocrat Cult) there really is only one candidate. Only one candidate that can win. Blue collar, well known, not afraid to tell the truth to a nation hungry for truth, if not Hillary then there is only one candidate that can run and win. Warren can’t win. O’Malley can’t win. Webb can’t win, Schweitzer can’t win, Cuomo (baring prosecution in the Silver scandal so he can even run for president) can’t win, Gilibrand can’t win, the Castro brothers (not Raul and Fidel) can’t win, Michelle can’t win. If Hillary doesn’t run and says “screw you” to Obama Dimocrats, there is only one candidate that can get the nomination and win the general election.
So where does this all leave us? Let’s summarize:
(1) We think as is typical for Republicans when it comes to Hillary and Bill, they are overplaying their hand. An email “scandal” is not going to hurt Hillary in any meaningful way (meaningful meaning keep her from the Oval Office as President).
(2) We do think it is smart for Republicans/conservatives to continue to dig for information against Hillary especially through the Benghazi Select Committee. But let the facts speak for themselves without spin or hyperbole because history should inform everyone that when Republicans go up against the Clintons, Republicans lose and Clintons win.
(3) Elements in the left who want Elizabeth Warren to run but who know she won’t run as long as she is sure Hillary will win intend to pave the path for her. The left wants a stalking horse to weaken Hillary (think Johnson in 1968 or stalking horse for Bill Clinton Tom Harkin in 1992). The left wants Warren.
(4) The left sprung the leak. Someone got spooked when it was announced that Hillary would announce in April. They needed to move fast.
(5) Barack Obama hates Hillary and wants Warren. Obama unleashed Axelrod but Axelrod alone or with other Obama goons won’t get the job done. Obama pulled the trigger on Hillary this week to big foot Netanyahu.
(6) Everyone politically inclined who is not Hillary loves this “scandal”. We like it because we think it will teach a lesson we’ve been trying to teach Hillary. The left loves this “scandal” because the left wants to destroy Hillary (they would rather rule in Hell with Warren than serve in Heaven with Hillary). The right loves this “scandal” because they think it will either destroy Hillary or weaken her. Big Media loves this “scandal” because they hate Hillary and Bill and because it provides something to get attention and readers/viewers. The public that is not politically inclined, does not care.
(7) Why did Hillary set up a private server and private email service for herself? It wasn’t to keep documents from the government. Hillary knew eventually she would have to produce all her emails. Hillary set up her private system to keep Obama’s nose out of her business.
(8) This is a great “scandal”. This might be what Hillary needs to wake up. Hillary has to realize that her enemies are in the left.
(9) How should Hillary respond to the attacks on her?