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.
…which makes statements like Carville’s problematical. Comes right down to it: it is not reasonable for a Secretary of State to want to avoid oversight from a member of the House Judiciary Committee, or indeed any other full Member of Congress. The American people put Louie Gohmert in his position, fully aware that he was going to use it to be a pain in the rear. Presumably they’re all right with that; if it sufficiently bothers the American people they’ll have an opportunity to flip the House back to Democratic control in 2016.
Spoiler warning: the American people are not going to flip the House back to Democratic control in 2016. Which means that former Secretary Clinton had best cough up that server. Because apparently enough people in the media actually do want her off the gameboard to make simply burying this story a nonstarter…