The ultimate Clinton scandal

The scandal of Hillary Clinton’s private email server is in a sense the ultimate Clinton scandal. It shows Hillary Clinton’s heedless treatment of national security for corrupt personal reasons. It shows her willingness to say anything to extricate herself from a fix.

Indeed, the scandal shows her pathological approach to facts. She may believe her own lies. One has the impression that she could pass a lie detector test on her multitudinous misrepresentations. She lies like a criminal, without a conscience, to cover up her criminal wrongdoing.

And like a criminal, she blames her wrongdoing on others. The buck stops somewhere down the line, with dedicated State Department professionals, or with Colin Powell. This past Friday Amy Chozick reported in the New York Times “Hillary Clinton told F.B.I. Colin Powell advised her to use private email.”

Thanks to Drudge, I find that Colin Powell told People Magazine on Saturday night in East Hampton that he does not accept the buck. He rejects it. He didn’t do it! It’s almost funny.

In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel explores “Comey’s FBI double standards” (accessible here via Google). Like a good student of philosophy, Strassel considers the contradictions. The Clintons tarnish everything they touch. Neither James Comey nor the FBI emerges from the scandal with reputation intact.

The scandal also shows the psychology of wrongdoing. One transgression leads to another until the wrongdoer comes to believe that her wrongdoing is righteous.

In year eight of the Obama administration, with prospect of the return of the Clintons to the White House on the horizon, we can slightly revise the famous quote from Benjamin Franklin. “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A banana republic, if you can keep it.”

The ultimate Clinton scandal of course requires a contribution from the man without whom Hillary Clinton would have led a frustrated career biding its time, like Grant in Galena and Dick Diver in Tender is the Night, in one town or another. At the Free Beacon David Rutz has posted the handy video below under the heading “Bill Clinton fouls up email spin for Hillary.”

Quotable quote from Colin Powell: “Her people have been trying to pin it on me. The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

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