Hillary Clinton

Recount Follies

Featured image The Jill Stein/Hillary Clinton recount effort has mostly faded from the headlines, as battles have moved into the courts. A day of recounting in Wisconsin reportedly netted Hillary a single vote. Michigan may or may not begin recounting next week, depending on a court ruling. Pennsylvania appears to be Hillary’s weakest link; Trump’s margin is not narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount, and absent any evidence of fraud or »

The myth of Hillary Clinton’s competence

Featured image One of Hillary Clinton’s campaign themes was her alleged competence, based on years of public service, which she tried to contrast with Donald Trump’s amateurism. Yet, Clinton, through her campaign once again demonstrated that she is not competent. That she was outperformed by an “amateur” undermines her “competence” theme all the more. Hillary lost to Barack Obama in 2008, it has been credibly argued, because Obama focused on state caucuses »

Identity politics couldn’t quite carry Hillary to victory

Featured image Why did Hillary Clinton lose this election? Given how close it was — Clinton won the popular vote but came up a wee bit short in three crucial big states — we are free to blame or credit the factor of our choice. If we focus on how the vote broke down (as opposed to external factors like Comey and WikiLeaks), one thing that jumps out is the extent to »

Podesta to “victory” party crowd: Go home and get a good night’s sleep

Featured image They will go home, but they won’t get much sleep. Hillary is going to take heat for sending Podesta out, rather than appearing herself. I don’t blame her, though. She must be devastated beyond our ability to comprehend. Assuming she loses, Hillary will, I hope, give a gracious concession speech tomorrow. If she doesn’t, then she can fairly be criticized. Trump needs to be gracious too. There shouldn’t be any »

“Rocky” Clinton

Featured image Fox News talked to the Clinton camp and was told that Team Clinton expects a long night. It added that Hillary Clinton has had to fight for everything she’s ever gotten and isn’t surprised that she will need to fight to the end to win this election. Hillary is a fighter and she has been in some tough battles. But she rose to prominence based on her husband’s fights, not »

“Stronger together” under Hillary Clinton? I don’t think so

Featured image I’m out of words when it comes to this election. So I’ll take the liberty of re-posting something I wrote last month. Along with this post from last night, it captures my view of the person we’re likely to elect president today and, in the final paragraph, my view of how we should respond to her election: “Stronger together” is Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Like most of what comes out »

The Gaga reflex

Featured image In her closing speeches Hillary Clinton has presented herself of unsurpassed vacuity. Speaking in Raleigh early this morning, she proclaimed: “We have to bridge the divides in this country. I want to be president for all of America. I want to be president for everyone.” Clinton also said she wants to lead “an America where we build bridges not walls[.]” At least that is not vacuous. Message: illegal immigrants welcome »

Is Hillary Clinton a conventional thinker?

Featured image Yesterday, I took issue with Charles Krauthammer’s claim that Donald Trump, if elected president, would likely undermine our open and free international order. I argued that Trump thinks pretty conventionally about world affairs, and thus as president, though prone to the errors of conventional wisdom, would not be a threat to world order. I also complained that Krauthammer did not consider whether Hillary Clinton poses a threat to our domestic »

Mop secret

Featured image On Sunday the New York Post ran Paul Sperry’s column on yet another wrinkle in the Clinton email saga with the tabloid “Mop secret.” As the column’s headline explains, “Clinton directed her maid to print out classified materials.” Clinton’s maid is one Marina Santos. The kicker, of course, is that Santos doesn’t have a security clearance. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Clinton didn’t mean to betray the United »

The downside of corruption

Featured image Senior Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson appeared on FOX News Sunday yesterday. As the interview concluded, Chris Wallace raised a particularly interesting question based on one of the revelations from John Podesta’s hacked email account. Benenson acknowledged in February 2015 Clinton would be “very vulnerable” to attacks over the Clinton Foundation’s foreign contributions, which he said would be viewed as “unseemly” by Republicans and some Democrats, according to one hacked »

Comey Won’t Recommend Prosecution. So What?

Featured image As Paul noted earlier today, FBI Director James Comey has notified Congress that the agency has completed its review of the Weiner laptop emails. Comey said that this means the FBI’s investigation is finished, and he hasn’t changed his view, expressed in July, that criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton is not warranted. I agree with everything Paul says, in particular his observation that, given Comey’s importation of an impossibly high »

Sanders supporter to Hillary rally: Don’t vote for her

Featured image The president of a local Bernie Sanders club was asked to speak at a Clinton rally in Iowa. Speak, he did — urging the crowd not to vote for Hillary. Hillary’s “muscle” ushered the man off the stage. It was too late, however, to prevent him from making his #NeverHillary” statement and too late to prevent him from becoming, one hopes, an internet sensation. It must be exceedingly difficult for »

Comey stands by his decision not to prosecute Clinton

Featured image James Comey has told Congress that, having reviewed the emails the FBI recently obtained, he has not changed his opinion that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee. This result seemed inevitable to me. The conclusions Comey expressed in July were based on his »

Top Dems Knew Hillary’s Illegal Server Could Be Fatal

Featured image We wrote here about the Wikileaks-released email in which Neera Tanden told John Podesta what she thought about Hillary Clinton’s illegal private email server: Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email? And has that person been drawn and quartered? Like whole thing is fucking insane. At that time, we did not have John Podesta’s response, but I wrote that “I would guess it was »

Clinton Foundation accepted $1 million without telling Clinton State Department

Featured image The Clinton Foundation has admitted that it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department. Clinton had promised to let the Department review new or materially increased support from foreign governments. The Clinton Foundation claims that this did not violate Hillary’s promise because the $1 million gift did not “materially increase” Qatar’s support for the operation. Apparently, it »

From the mixed-up files of Ms. Neera Tanden

Featured image John found common ground with Neera Tanden, president of the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress. CAP coordinates closely with the Democratic Party, seeking to draw it ever further left. Speaking to friends like John Podesta via email, Tanden is a biting observer of the passing scene. In public, however, not so much. At Heat Street Andrew Stiles finds another example in the latest WikiLeaks run through John Podesta’s »

Hillary sent classified information to Chelsea

Featured image Politico reports that Hillary Clinton sent her daughter Chelsea an email message that contains information the State Department deems classified. The email, part of a new batch released today, originated with White House Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman and was forwarded to the former secretary of state by her policy aide Jake Sullivan. Hillary Clinton sent it along to her daughter’s email account with the notation: “See below.” The »