Quick background: the Washington Free Beacon reported that the New York Times took one hundred thousand in donations from the Clintons in the same year that the NYT’s owner overruled the editoral board to endorse… surprise surprise, Hillary Clinton. Now, let us be correct, here: nobody has come out and said that this was a bribe. Or a quid pro quo. Or even an ‘understanding.’ The Washington Free Beacon is merely asking questions and noting where the money is going, which is something that journalists are supposedly expected to do. Continue reading Politico acts as bodyguard for New York Times against the Washington Free Beacon. AGAIN.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Another day, another scalp wound for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Sorry if that particular image is a bit much, but it’s a good analogy for what’s happening to Hillary Clinton with regard to the Clinton Foundation. To wit: scalp wounds bleed a lot and look as messy as all get-out, but if you can stop the blood loss there aren’t many long-term consequences.
Continue reading Thousand Cuts Watch: the amusing fight between the Clinton Foundation and Charity Navigator.
This is… this is special prosecutor territory. For real. I hate saying that, because special prosecutors are awful – but then, so is this.
Continue reading It’s Monday, so it’s time for a new Hillary Clinton ‘Hand in the Foundation Jar’ story.
Well, this is particularly droll: “Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses. What this means is – employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee – had full access to all her classified state department email in unencrypted form.” Assuming that the guy is correct, it sounds like there was a giant, gaping hole in the administration’s security system that nobody caught until years after the fact. And please note that this story is from somebody who actually wants Hillary Clinton, or at least a Democrat, elected President: in other words, this isn’t a partisan story*. Continue reading Hillary Clinton’s State Department security at the mercy of anybody who could hack a spam filtering service.
I have been told that James Carville is actually rather nice, in public. I’m not entirely sure I believe that, but fine. The problem is that he also thinks in terms of clan and tribe when it comes to politics.
“I suspect she didn’t want Louie Gohmert rifling through her e-mails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take,” Carville said. “Just like everything else before it, it amounts to nothing but a bunch of people flapping their jaws about nothing.”
For those unfamiliar, Gohmert is an outspoken conservative member of Congress who often jousts with Democrats. But he’s also a member of Congress, which is precisely the body that Republicans are accusing Clinton of trying to avoid with her “homebrew” e-mail server.
Continue reading James Carville’s Freudian slip of a Clinton defense.
No, not a typo. Well, it is a typo. It’s just not MY typo.
Turns out that the inevitability train hasn’t actually left the station yet: “The main super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton is struggling in its early efforts to line up cash towards a fundraising goal of as much as $500 million, according to sources with knowledge of its fundraising.” The PAC in question is Priorities USA, and it’s apparently still trying to figure out what it name actually means; the Politico article notes that there’s a lot of disputation going on over strategy and goals. There’s probably also a good deal of internal speculation on whether David Brock’s abrupt resignation from the group yesterday was due to… well, it would be impolite for me to suggest that it was paranoia, so I shan’t.
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: Hillary Clinton will eventually raise enough money to allow her to run for President. The donors dragging their heels now will eventually pony up for her, if she becomes the nominee. And the Left will dutifully declare that they are, indeed, ready for Hillary. But they’re not very happy about it, are they? In fact, they sound a lot like we did in 2008 and 2012: all rah-rah in public (albeit without too much affect) and kind of resigned about it all in private*. Like… MoveOn (and savor THAT irony for a moment), they’re actually kind of ready for somebody else. Except that there’s nobody else. Continue reading Ready for Hillary… actually, could you come back in a few months?
Let’s just establish something right here, right now:
Self-proclaimed Clinton Democrats are struggling this election cycle, and not even their powerful namesakes may be enough to save them.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have tried to turn on their charms to help centrist Democrats in Kentucky and Arkansas. But as candidates in both states are slipping, help from the party’s preeminent power couple is falling short.
…the article goes on to claim that in 2016 Bill and Hillary Clinton may be regional powerhouses in the South anyway. And that’s something that is completely at odds with the actual truth, which is that the Clintons know full well that they’re not going to make a darn bit of difference in the South. And how do I know that? Easy. They’re going to Kentucky and Arkansas: two states where the Democratic candidate will lose and it won’t actually be the Clintons’ fault. Both Mark Pryor and Alison Grimes have run poor campaigns against Tom Cotton and Mitch McConnell: there’s no real demographic benefit that Hillary or Bill Clinton could give those two, and pretty much everybody knows it.
Continue reading If the Clintons were serious about the South, they’d stump in West Virginia.
I was going to give it a pass, but if the book is hated this much by the Clinton Machine then maybe there’s something to it.
Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry is quietly waging a campaign to quash coverage on a new tell-all book that exposes Bill and Hillary Clinton’s massive political empire.
McCurry has successfully blockedPolitico media reporter Dylan Byers from writing about the bestselling Clinton, Inc., written byWeekly Standard editor Daniel Halper, according to emails obtained by theWashington Free Beacon.
Hillary Clinton’s people are certainly stereotypical about this sort of thing.
Maureen Dowd… you know, I’m going to be better than what I was tempted to be and simply note that this is an entertaining column* from her:
Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The closer it gets to running the world once more, the more you are reminded of all the things that bugged you the last time around.
The Clintons’ neediness, their sense of what they are owed in material terms for their public service, their assumption that they’re entitled to everyone’s money.
Are we about to put the “For Rent” sign back on the Lincoln Bedroom?
Continue reading Maureen Dowd smacks around the Clintons for a while. No, I’m not making a funny.