Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken. By implementing his observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, Mrs. Clinton threw out her latest whopper in hopes of keeping her campaign for President alive.
Mrs. Clinton came up with another lame excuse regarding her use of email as a government official and the archiving of those emails on her own home server. By now, and even in her early years as Secretary of State, she had to know that communication in any official capacity is the property of the government. By setting up her own server, Mrs. Clinton was able to set the rules for the storage of the email and control the disposition of her correspondence. It is laughable that Mrs. Clinton said she only wanted to carry one device to handle her communication needs, and therefore needed her own server. While carrying a single device makes sense, she had an entire entourage that could have carried a second, private device for her.
Unfortunately for her, Mrs. Clinton and her husband couldn’t even agree on their story. At her press conference, she claimed that the server contained personal correspondence between former President Clinton and herself. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton has maintained that he has only sent two emails in his entire life! The White House added to the charade by claiming that few senior officials knew that she wasn’t using a .gov email address. Anyone that has ever used email has looked at a return email address, and our brightest government officials didn’t notice?
Mrs. Clinton has survived tall tales before- cattle futures and tarmac shootings quickly come to mind, but this one is much lamer. Almost everyone can relate to email accounts, and no one was buying what she was selling last week. With this latest caper and delusional defense, Mrs. Clinton has once again reminded the public about the different set of rules that the Clintons play under. It may not be enough to derail her nomination train, but it adds one more fish story to her long list of unbelievable explanations. But then again, she is obviously a keen student of Mr. Mencken’s teachings.