She’s sorry you’re confused: A query & two notes

Jay Nordlinger speaks with Bill Kristol in his Q & A with Another Dr. K. In the course of the conversation Bill asks a pointed question regarding Madam Hillary’s wiping of the server with her official correspondence as Secretary of State: “Who has ever done that who’s an honest person?”

And a knowledgeable reader writes to point out this exchange between Andrea Mitchell and Madam Hillary (video posted here):

AM: Did anyone in your inner circle say, “This is not a good idea. Let’s not do this?”

HRC: You know, I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world.

I didn’t really stop and think, “What kind of e-mail system will there be?”

AM: Does it raise judgment questions?

HRC: I don’t think so. I think that the facts are pretty clear that we had a lot of work, a lot of hard choices to make in those four years.

Our reader comments:

Actually, not thinking about the email server would have meant Hillary would have used the standard .gov system. By using her own at home system, she by definition would have had to think about it. Who the hell thought about it other than her. In reality given all the major questions she had to deal with it is amazing she had time to think about setting up a personal server. An astute interviewer would have called out the complete absurdity of this line of defense.

If only. (Incidentally, this is a point that Bill makes in his own way in the conversation with Jay Nordlinger.)

And I would like to add this note of my own. In the annals of non-apology apologies, with the meaningless cliché leading in to the vacuous expression of remorse, this one belongs in the Hall of Fame: “At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions.”