President Donald Trump’s media critics are currently grading him on his first 100 days in office, but there are other matters deserving interest that have nothing to do with Trump.
A best-selling autopsy on Hillary Clinton’s campaign is drawing attention from all quarters, and the wannabe spoiler—the former CIA spook—who attempted to stop Trump appears unable to pay his campaign bills.
Welcome to the US of perpetual election angst.
Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt interviewed the authors of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. The recently released book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes autopsies the campaign that, considering the war chest and the candidate’s political tentacles touching policy makers and one percenters around the globe, should have delivered Clinton the 2nd to the White House.
Both authors, neither of them conservatives, had already done a book on Mrs. Clinton—HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton—after her failed White House bid in 2008.
During Hewitt’s interview about Shattered, questions about the FBI lapse in investigating Mrs. Clinton’s use of private servers when she was secretary of state took a new turn. Note the plural. Mrs. Clinton had more than one server, according to the FBI.
In media interviews Mrs. Clinton gave the impression she didn’t know much about technology. The new book suggests otherwise. The first book suggests the same, but Clinton-adoring media appear to have missed the implications. The authors recounted what Mrs. Clinton did after her loss to then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 Democrat primary:
“[S]he basically at the end of the 2008 campaign instructed one of her close aides to download the emails of some of her top campaign advisors to figure out who’d been talking to the press, who’d been doing the backstabbing, or presumably if anybody had been talking bad about her, and because she felt that this loyalty was a huge problem for her in 2008. So what she did was figured out how to get all these emails. Now you know, a few years later, she’s making the argument that she didn’t understand what she was doing in setting up a private server outside the State Department system. But it’s very hard to, it’s very hard to reconcile the idea that she understood well enough that she could download her own aides’ emails, but didn’t understand that by putting a server outside the State Department, she was basically preventing people from getting her information during a campaign season, unless of course as happened, there was a court order to retrieve those emails.”
There’s more on this, and it happened in 2014 after Allen and Parnes’ HRC came out. In a book review published but apparently forgotten by The New York Times, Jodi Kantor wrote:
“Frustrated at the way Barack Obama had left her in the technological dust, she turned herself into a digitally charged secretary of state, championing the use of Twitter for diplomacy and once telling a group of technology executives, “Use me like an app.”
Bear in mind Mrs. Clinton’s comedic routine about “wiping” her servers clean “with a cloth.” She didn’t know “how it works digitally at all.” Please.
The inconsistencies appear to have escaped approximately 100 percent of media, the FBI, and sympathizers on both sides of the aisle in Congress. Perhaps Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) could weigh in on his friend Mrs. Clinton’s confusion over her tech abilities.
Besides Mrs. Clinton, the other big loser in 2016 is former CIA spook Evan McMullin who allegedly hasn’t paid off his campaign bills. Will cheerleaders like rabid anti-Trumper Bill Kristol help him out?
McMullin’s long history with the CIA coupled with his late arrival in the election as the race tightened on the electoral map all media and Democrat pundits adored until Trump trumped it, gave rise to conspiracy theories about a coup to keep the US government in the hands of actors the American people in more than 30 states wanted in handcuffs.
Meanwhile Trump, in his first 100 days has attempted to do much of what he promised during the campaign.
The majority of Congress on both sides of the aisle appears content to collect a paycheck and ignore the Obamacare disaster and outrageous taxes and backdoor taxes levied by the feds amid numerous taxes and backdoor taxes by state and local municipalities. Congress took most of April off.
For the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, I’d give Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McMullin an F-. Although there are some exceptions, most members of Congress, both Dems and Republicans, deserve no grade whatsoever.
I’d put the FBI right up there with our lazy Congress. Add in the fact Americans deserve more information about the Russia spy ring operating in the US on both Obama and President George W. Bush’s watch. The FBI dubbed the operation ‘Ghost Stories’. Ties of one of the spies to Mrs. Clinton’s finance wing in 2008 were alleged by The L.A. Times. Democrats in control of Congress didn’t tackle that on the Oversight Committee, by the way.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 20, 2017)