The proposition that she would prefer not to goes a long way in Clinton world. Appearing on ABC’s This Week with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave it a new twist. Following up on her declaration this past Thursday that she would think about releasing the transcripts of her highly compensated speeches to Wall Street audiences, Stephanopoulos asked her if she had made a decision yet (video below).
Answer: “Yeah, you know, here’s another thing I want to say,” Clinton said. “Let everybody who’s ever given a speech to any private group under any circumstances release them. We’ll all release them at the same time. You know, I don’t mind being the subject in Republican debates, the subject in the Democratic primary. That kind of goes with the territory … At some point, these rules need to apply to everybody.”
Translation: I would prefer not to.
Question: What other presidential candidate is withholding transcripts of his or her speeches?
That bit about the rules applying to everybody is a killer. It is an aspect of the operative pathology. In Clinton world, as they never tire of reminding us, shame is obsolete and inoperative.