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Friday, March 6, 2015

Humor in Odd Places

This morning brings one of the most unintentionally funny articles I have read in a long time.  David Brock has written a piece for CNN proclaiming that there is no scandal in Hillary Clinton's use of private email rather than the State Department system.  Even better, Brock explains that the whole brouhaha is actually a Republican trick.  You know, it's another move by the "vast right-wing conspiracy" on which Hillary Clinton blamed the baseless stories about Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton.  Of course, despite Hillary's claim, it turned out that Monica had indeed had a relationship with Bill and the then president had lied about it to the nation.

This story by Brock is not intended to be funny.  Nevertheless, he follows the old Clinton playbook for dealing with a scandal.  First, he attacks the people who put out the story in the first place.  This time, Brock attacks that big part of the Republican attack machine:  The New York Times.  Really!  Brock says that the New York Times is participating in an attempt by Republicans to smear Mrs. Clinton.  Next, I assume Brock will tell us that the Pope is actually supporting ISIS in their efforts to kill the Christians in the Middle East.

Brock moves on to the second step of the Clinton playbook:  he tells us that Hillary's use of private email is no big deal.  Brock tells us that Mitt Romney had a private email account when he was governor of Massachusetts.  He tells us that Mike Huckabee had a private email account when he was governor of Arkansas.  Honestly, I don't know if that is true, but we all know that it does not matter.  Both governors Romney and Huckabee did not work in the federal government.  As such, the Federal Records Act did not apply to them.  In other words, the law and regulations that require public business be done on a government email account did not apply to them.  Brock's point is roughly the same as if Hillary got stopped for speeding at 60 mph in a school zone that requires a 20 mph speed limit and her raising the defense that both Romney and Huckabee had gone 60 mph on the interstate highway.  It's not the same thing.  We also should add that Hillary worked for a president who had directed all members of the administration to use only, ONLY, the government systems for their email.

Brock has always been part of the loony group.  Twenty years ago, he was a member of the anti-Clinton nut jobs.  Now he is part of the pro-Clinton nut jobs.  The real question is why CNN would publish an article that was so clearly wrong on so many facts.  Oh well, at least it was good for a laugh.


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