Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The crumbling e-mail defences of Hillary Clinton & of her presidential hopes

And with them goes the crumbling of her chances of being president. A slightly desperate section of the Democratic Party senses blood in the water from her self-inflicted wounds, and is searching for a new candidate. Even Joe Biden, two-time runner and tied closely to President Obama’s administration, is being touted as a possible.

What went wrong?

Clinton failed to think things through, and then tried to skirt responsibility when it became public that her emails were being sent and received on an insecure, private email server:

The entire brouhaha is a self-inflicted injury that she keeps aggravating. And it clearly poses serious risks to her White House hopes. A recent Quinnipiac University poll of voters in three large swing states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, found that only 1 in 3 regards Clinton as "honest and trustworthy" — compared with over half for Jeb Bush.

Clinton's defenses have repeatedly turned out to be implausible, incomplete, doubtful or just wrong. She said she didn't violate government policy — but Sullivan said last week that she did. She said she did nothing different from her predecessors, but State says Colin Powell is the only one who used personal email for government matters. She said none of her emails contained classified information — but two federal inspectors general said at least two of her messages contained "top secret" material that should have been labeled as such but wasn't.

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