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Why No One Cares About Hillary's Emails


I have watched the paid chatterers shaking their bobbed heads or frowning their well-practiced frown or just grimacing in frustration as they lament the seeming foolishness of the "American people" in not responding with greater shock and awe to the growing revelation that Hillary Clinton used her private email system to forward non-classified information with notes such as "interesting" or "worth pursuing" to her top national security aide.

Shocking. Forwarding non-classified material. I'm horrified. Seriously, I'm not.

To be honest, and this is shocking, I think I'm with the "American people" on this one.

Who cares?

And if it's about the Clintons, really who cares? If you don't have enough information now to form an opinion on Hillary's character or fitness for high office, then, for goodness' sake, some emails from Sidney Blumenthal aren't going to do the trick. In my experience, everyone in positions of power gets emails from Blumenthal. I did, back then. I'm sure I forwarded them with an appropriate note. Arrest me.

Seriously, the frustrating indifference of the polled public to the scandal of the secretary of state's home email system underscores the challenges that are going to face the lucky Republican nominee. Teflon doesn't begin to describe it.

It's not that people think it was right for the secretary of state to use a private system. You'd think the Clintons would know by now that nothing in their universe will ever be private, and that is a measure both of its significance and our curiosity. Would it have been better to use the "official" system? Of course. And should they have dumped the whole thing at the appropriate government doorstep the minute the story broke, rather than letting it drip out day by day as if there was more to hide than the Blumenthal dispatches? Of course.

But would that have been the Clintons we love, hate, tolerate or ignore? No matter how long they've been in the spotlight, they do this. And the Republicans overdo it, and then it goes away.

Because it doesn't matter that much. That's the truth of it. It doesn't.

If you didn't know the Clintons, you'd worry that maybe this pointed to some more important flaw, or that there might be something of significance in the emails. But knowing the Clintons, you know this has absolutely nothing to do with Hillary's ability to face the problems in Libya or the Middle East. It's not a reflection of her competence. Unknown candidates have to prove their competence, and even small mistakes (Remember when W flubbed the "world leader" test?) take on larger meaning for the simple reason that they're all we have to go on. When we don't have two decades of experience to inform us, we need signs.

The challenge for the Republican contenders is that they face the silly season in which a dozen candidates, most of whom have no business being on the stage if its purpose is to test the acumen of a future president, will be treated as equals, introduced as a future president, which, in some cases, is a really absurd notion. And when they're all standing on the same stage, you can't help but wonder who would make the best future host on Fox News.

In the meantime, on the merits, the candidates are tripping over each other to appeal to a branch of their party they will largely flee by the time one of them is doing the big debate next year — by which time Hillary's emails should be long forgotten.

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Agreed. What they're doing to Hillary is similar to what happened in Iraq. Multiple investigations, multiple intel officers all saying there's nothing to see here folks, go home, there are no WMD's or chemicals, there is no threat. There is no reason to attack and destroy Iraq. No reason to topple Sadaam.
No other politician(s) has been investigated to such an extent as Hilary and the Clinton's and they've found nothing of any substance. Hillary's cleaner than the majority of those in Congress. There is no need to attack and destroy Hillary. It won't improve the sorry lot of politicians in the Republican field. It won't improve the sorry Repu
blican record. It won't enable you to produce a purse out of a sow's ear.
The worst House leader of the worst Congress in American history should and could have stopped Issa from having numerous partisan hearings about Benghazi and have Issa investigate why Cheney and the corrupt Bush administration lied to the American people to get us in a war. Boehner should have opened this long standing unresolved issue. This would have been a worthwhile investigation.
Comment: #1
Posted by: steveM
Fri May 22, 2015 6:29 AM
Here on display for all to see is the liberal/Democrat/ progressive mind set that has and continues to destroy America.

Who cares? All those who actually care about the future of America care, that's who Estrich!

But in direct opposition/ cpntradction to those who care about the future of America, the liberal/ Democrat/ progressive mindset and morality as regards candidates for high office boils down to this:

Who cares

if the candidate is demonstrably wholly dishonest, is demonstrably wholly deceitful, is duplicitous, is incompetent, has no demonstrable accomplishment, has no demonstrable qualification for office, has been caught in lie after lie after lie, has actually conducted a war on women and on the unborn, is in league with and employs members of the Muslim Brotherhood or other enemies in high positions and grants them access to State secrets, has actually engaged in and assisted in the transfer of American strategic assets to foreign enemies, has abandoned or will abandon territory gained or won in battle to our enemies, and has actively colluded with other Administration officials to repeatedly lie to the American people on issues of terror and national security

just so long as

the candidate is a Democrat, preferably black or a woman, will continue to expand government, continue to drive the US into bankruptcy, will expand wellfare for the moochers and the recipient class at the expense of the productive, will promote abortion on demand, will curtail freedom of speech and religion, will implement the communist manifesto, will ignore the Constitution and will continue to take America down.

That, what I posit is unassailably true is demonstrated by the fact that the above progressive "qualities" apply fully not just to Hillary but also to Obama, Biden, Bill Clinton, Carter, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, all the Kennedys, LBJ and to all Democrats holding high office all the way back to and before that POS, FDR
Comment: #2
Posted by: joseph wright
Fri May 22, 2015 6:32 AM
Re: steveM
Every time SteveM posts he demonstrates the liberal progressive hatred for America and hatred for truth and their propensity to re wite history, that is boundless.

Guess who said this jackass?

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members...

It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well, effects American security.

This is a very difficult vote, this is probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make. Any vote that might lead to war should be hard, but I cast it with conviction."

Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York)
Addressing the US Senate
October 10, 2002

Note particularly the " I cast it with conviction." description of her vote and compare with the further deceit she spews today.

Comment: #3
Posted by: joseph wright
Fri May 22, 2015 7:44 AM
Re: joseph wright:
so she said that, so what? Is well known as reported by Jewish/Israeli news media and now recently on MSM in the US that she and many in Congress at the time were repeating faulty Israeli intelligence. I'm being generous when I say "faulty", LOL.... remember joseph, Google is your friend.

Re: joseph wright
Guess who said this jackass?
"If Obama gets a second term I'm leaving the country."? LOL....YOU DID!! You such a little kid-der:))

Comment: #4
Posted by: steveM
Fri May 22, 2015 8:42 AM
Re: steveM
She said it, but so what. My point proven again.

You are not often right but this time....... wrong again dumbass !!!.

Re writing history again.

Never said it. Dipstick !!!

Prior to the 2012 election I said that I had made plans to close my businesses in the event Obama was re elected, which I did, said I would cease contributing to and paying for you and rest of the parasites like you, which to the extent I legally can do, I have done, said I would retire early, which I have done and done happily and said I would continue to watch those like you who voted for obama reap the fruits of his lies and deceits, the fruits of a dead economy, reap the fruits no available work, no prospects and no future, and reap the fruits of mass illegal immigration.

I as read Estrich's columns and other pieces regarding the numbers and the apathy and the lack of opportunity that liberal progressive policy has brought to America, while I have great sympathy for those who fought against the tide of moochers and parasites that now infest America, I do watch the sufferings of those who voted for obama with gleeful satisfaction every day from abroad or in the US depending on the time of year.

It certainly beats ny previous life of working for the benefit of spongers, deadbeats and illegal immigrants.

Must suck to be you !!!

I'd wish you a happy life, but I know that won't happen. You have demonstrated that you are simply a miserable creature driven by envy, in other words a typical dead beat liberal with no future.

Bye for now.
Comment: #5
Posted by: joseph wright
Fri May 22, 2015 9:19 AM
Nice to hear that a lawyer doesn't care about the law or federal regulations being followed by our leaders. Hillary was supposed to turn over original documents, which in this case were emails in original electronic form which included all the buried metadata, not merely printed copies that excluded the buried metadata. At a minimum she should be charged with destruction of government documents which carries a penalty for each count (each document).
Comment: #6
Posted by: pb1222
Mon May 25, 2015 6:18 AM
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