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Thursday, March 05, 2015


Hillary Clinton's private e-mail debacle is getting surprising play in places that you wouldn't expect. The MSM is actually carrying the story, even asking a few pertinent questions. Unlike their hyper-protective approach to a corrupt Obama administration and it's many scandals (e.g., Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the AP scandal, Benghazi), they seem engaged with Hillary.

Hillary Clinton, like Barack Obama, is another identity politics candidate running for the presidency. (Yes, I know she hasn't yet announced, but you'd have to have a lobotomy to believe she isn't in the mix.)  Her strengths lie not in what she's done, not in her meager accomplishments inside and outside government, but in who she is—a woman.

And yet, the media hasn't yet circled the wagons around her in this scandal. The big question is "why?"

There appears to be growing unease among some Democrats about Hillary, and since the mainstream media is, for all intents and purposes, an extension of the Democratic party, some of that unease is reflected in the manner in which this scandal is being reported.

Now to the scandal itself. The big issue isn't a private email account, lots of politicians use them. Rather, it the use of a private server, controlled solely by Hillary's techies. That means that recordkeeping could be sketchy, that unpleasant/embarrasing/incriminating  emails could permanently deleted on demand, or that the entire disk drive or server itself could be removed and destoyed to eliminate emails that Hillary deemed as "private."

At the end of the day, Congressional requests for emails themselves will lead nowhere. The Congress must subpoena the techies who worked on the server and ask them under penalty of perjury and jail terms (remember Scooter Libby) whether they were asked by anyone or took it upon themselves to: (1) permanently delete any email; (2) remove and replace any storage device at any time; (3) swap out any server under the domain identified in this scandal; or (4) do anything else to cause email to be unrecoverable (e.g., rewriting directories, overwriting storage space with 1s and 0s, etc.). The answers would be illuminating.