Hillary Clinton

Hillary's Habits of Haughtiness

The email controversy recapitulates themes from Clinton's handling of health care reform.

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The last time she lived in the White House, Hillary Clinton was in charge of a health care task force that met in secret under a veil of lies. That episode highlighted the haughtiness, deceit, and disdain for transparency that continue to cause trouble for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as illustrated by the recent inspector general's report on her email practices as secretary of state.

When President Bill Clinton picked his wife to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform in 1993, critics sued the first lady, arguing that her participation made the task force subject to the public-meeting and open-record requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The administration successfully argued that Clinton, who was not a government employee, nevertheless should be counted as one in this context, making the transparency requirements inapplicable.

There remained the issue of the working groups advising the task force, which supposedly consisted entirely of government employees. That turned out to be a lie.

In 1997—three years after the Clinton health care plan was defeated, in no small part because of the perception that it had been written behind closed doors without public input and debate—U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth rebuked the administration for its "outrageous" and "reprehensible" deception concerning participants in the working groups, many of whom were private parties with a stake in the outcome. "The executive branch of the Government, working in tandem, was dishonest with this court," he wrote. "It is clear that the decisions here were made at the highest levels of Government."

Lamberth had previously criticized Clinton et al.'s "preposterous," "incomplete," and "inadequate" responses to the plaintiffs' requests for relevant information, which had made the discovery process "difficult, drawn-out, and contentious." He ruled that the defendants had "improperly thwarted plaintiffs' legitimate discovery requests" by raising "meritless" objections.

Two decades later, Clinton's old habits of entitlement and obfuscation are coming to the fore again. "Voters just don't trust her," The New York Times notes, citing a recent survey in which 64 percent of respondents said Clinton is not "honest and trustworthy." Her response to the email controversy shows why.

When Clinton was appointed secretary of state, the report from the State Department's inspector general says, departmental policy clearly stated that officials should avoid using private email services for work. Clinton decided that rule, which was aimed at promoting security and the preservation of records, did not apply to her, and throughout her tenure she relied exclusively on a personal email system, communicating via a server in the basement of her house in Chappaqua, New York.

Although Clinton has repeatedly claimed this arrangement was "allowed by the State Department," the inspector general's report says she never sought approval and would have not have received it if she had. Yet even after the report came out, Clinton told ABC News her use of a personal email account "was allowed."

The report says Clinton also broke the rules by failing to surrender her official correspondence prior to leaving the State Department. She did not do so until nearly two years later, and even then many messages were missing, including everything from her first few months as secretary of state. Clinton's campaign nevertheless claims "she took steps that went much further than others to appropriately preserve and release her records."

Clinton also is less than forthcoming in discussing her motivation for using private email. She says it was a matter of convenience. Yet in 2010, when an aide urged her to use the State Department system instead, she replied that "I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible."

Around the same time, the report says, two employees of the State Department's Office of Information Resources Management broached the subject, and their boss "instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary's personal email system again." No doubt Clinton wishes she could issue the same order to the rest of the country. 

© Copyright 2016 by Creators Syndicate Inc.

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  1. I don’t mind my leaders being haughty. In fact, Johnson could stand to borrow a little from Petersen.

    1. /Phrasing

  2. Anything new here?

    1. Looks like weaksauce. A smattering of already known facts with little overarching criticism tying them together.

  3. #AreYouReadyforHillarymilk?

    1. “A SugarFree Joint”

  4. alliteration is my favorite poetic device

  5. The only takeaway is twenty years ago there were enough people in the body politic to resent backroom governance. Enough drones have been turned out by institutions of “higher” education that the majority don’t give a shit or think that’s how governance ought to be. A little over 40 years ago, Nixon resigned due to pressures around being a “crook”. Twenty years ago, snotty above-it-all governance was defeated. Now, we have to “pass it to see what’s in it” intentionally deceptive and proud of it. We’re about to elect a person as noxious as Nixon and install her.

    1. Nixon’s only crime, if you want to judge by the behaviors of the political class, was not being likeable. Or at least liked by the right people. Nothing that he did seems beyond the pale of what they consider to do on their own behalf.

      1. That’s pretty much their objection to Trump.

        Take a look at what brought Nixon down, and compare that to what Hillary has done. There’s no real contest. Our standards as a society have unquestionably declined.

      2. “Nixon’s only crime, if you want to judge by the behaviors of the political class, was not being likeable.”

        Rubbish. He conspired with his underlings to plant McGovern campaign literature at the home of the suspect in the Wallace assassination.

        1. Right, and if you look at that through the lens of the political class (especially Clinton), that isn’t a crime t’all.

          1. “that isn’t a crime t’all.”

            That doesn’t explain why the political class saw fit to pre-emptively pardon Nixon. It wouldn’t have been necessary had they believed Nixon hadn’t been involved in criminal activity.

            1. …or keep enforcing Nixon’s amendment of the IRS code to subidsize both entrenched looter parties to protect them and the IRS from Libertarian repealers.

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  7. Just goes to show how the political left views honesty and trustworthiness as weaknesses, not strengths. It’s all about the end, by whatever means necessary.

    1. And the political right is trying to “fight back” with a sleazeball like Donald Trump.

      “Oh yeah? We’ll show you guys whose sleazeball is better!”

      1. The irony! It burns!

      2. Who do you think is more likely to be your ally in this?

        This obsession with playing Cathy Young on every issue is weird. Is Trump perfect? No, but on what grounds are you equating him with Hillary? They’re miles apart.

        1. They’re both economic doofuses who are willing to go to war with just about anyone.

          1. Go over to Wikileaks, and at the Hillary email section search “asset forfeiture.” There the 2008 now-candidate extolls Mexico’s adoption of the asset-forfeiture approach to prohibition enforcement through looting that Georgie Bush had just used to wreck the entire economy. No way can she acknowledge the causal relation OR back away from the policy. Many states grasped the link and proceeded to legalize. But the national GOP and Dems are exercising utmost doublethink and reality control to keep from seeing that confiscating homes en masse leads to mortgage defaults.
            BTW… Mexico’s economy tanked in 2008, both feet encased in asset forfeiture.

        2. I think it’s a difference of style rather than substance. They’re both amoral, self-aggrandizing twatwaffles, but Hillary tries to hide it out of sight and Trump shines a light in your face so you can’t see it.

          1. Trump is a bully and understands how to manipulate the media and belittle people. Hillary in contrast is just a straight up criminal. Going all the way back to the infamous cattle futures up through White Water until today, Hillary has more than anything been about using her and Bill’s political position to get bribes and extortion money. The woman’s greed is just insatiable. They could have had more money than they could spend in a lifetime from Bill’s post presidential speaking income. And she goes out and creates a sham charity to funnel bribes to get more money that she didn’t need and will never spend.

            Trump likes attention and enjoys fighting with people. Hillary in contrast is just a racketeer.

            1. What about Trump University?

            2. “They could have had more money than they could spend in a lifetime from Bill’s post presidential speaking income.”

              You mean Bill would have to actually work? for an income? That’s for schlubs like yourself.

            3. Yeah, but Trump is far from an ethical paragon himself. The key difference is that, rather than trying to hide it, he loudly mixes blather and bullshit until you don’t know what, if any of it, is true. A different method from Hillary, who quietly buries the skeletons and pretends nothing happened (and I’m sure her skeleton score is bigger than Trump’s, don’t get me wrong here) but it’s the same net result in obfuscation.

              1. By “ethical” do you mean mystical altruist?

        3. Is Trump perfect? No, but on what grounds are you equating him with Hillary? They’re miles apart.

          Of course he isn’t perfect. No one is. But I just find it a little amusing that in an election where the major opponent is Hillary Clinton, the Repubs chose an amoral narcissistic to fight an immoral narcissistic.

        4. They’re both pathological narcissists, Hillary far worse than Trump. Hillary has not a drop of empathy in her–you could tell her your child just died in a car accident and inside she could not care less. Outside you might even see that she doesn’t care, if she isn’t faking concern.

          1. And if she’s faking concern, it’s because someone whispered in her ear to do so. It’s not like she’d notice on her own.

    2. “Just goes to show how the political left…”

      Not sure how you arrive at this. Sanders is, on all accounts, to the Left of Clinton, seen as more trustworthy than Clinton, and supported by Democrats who are more Left leaning than Clinton’s supporters. The data simply doesn’t just go to show what you want it to.

      1. “Seen as more trustworthy than Clinton”. That means something? Is that like……..

        *Seen as less rapey than Bill Cosby.
        *Seen as less murderous than John Gacy.
        *Seen as less well hung than John Holmes
        *Seen as less of a buzz kill than Buzz Killington

        You see why your comparison is effectively meaningless?

        1. If the Left saw Sanders’ relative trustworthness as a negative, they would presumably support Clinton, who is seen as less trustworthy. Sarcasmic’s claim is nonsensical. I don’t believe that anyone, on the Left or the Right, see Clinton’s lack of trustworthyness as an asset. The fact that you apparently do reflects the lack of thought you’ve put into the question. More thinking, less parroting platitudes will only help you.

    3. And “the political right” is any better?

  8. “It was allowed.”

    No it fucking wasn’t, you liar. Clinton just loves using the Eric Cartman justification:

    “Whatever. I do what I want!”

    And this bullshit that “my predecessors also did it” is also a lie. Colin Powell did not use a private server, nor did he use private correspondence for every fucking thing, as she did.

    And the media not only let’s her get away with her filthy lies, but nobody says shit about Obama’s role in all of this.

    1. “And this bullshit that “my predecessors also did it” is also a lie. Colin Powell did not use a private server, nor did he use private correspondence for every fucking thing, as she did.”

      AFAIK, Colin Powell broke no laws with his activities, unlike the hag-felon.

    2. That depends on the definition of what “allowed” means. It was allowed by the State Department in the same sense that the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor was allowed by the US Navy. I mean, it happened, so it was “allowed” to happen.

      At this point, what difference does it make? Now let me get back to fighting for your children, like I’ve done all my life. Please donate to the Clinton Foundation. Grandbaby needs some diapers!

    3. Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday shut down a Clinton surrogate HARD for trying to pass the “Colin Powell did it too” narrative. It was awesome.

      I also liked when Chris Wallace was openly incredulous of Susan Rice when she was pushing the “it was an anti-Islamic film” talking points. He was a gentleman in his words, but had “WTF, did she really just say that?” on his face.

  9. I’m really sick of Bill Clinton’s wife.

    1. I prefer Monica Lewinski’s boyfriend’s wife.

      1. Juanita Broderick’s rapists’ wife.

        1. I’m partial to Vince Foster’s executioner.

    2. So is Bill Clinton. He gets around that by fucking other men’s wives.

  10. Clinton is a cunt.

  11. I actually just heard a clip of her on “Meet the Press” she actually used the phrase “Good Thinking Republicans”

  12. “Rules are for peasants, not royalty.” – Queen Shrillary

  13. Although Clinton has repeatedly claimed this arrangement was “allowed by the State Department,” the inspector general’s report says she never sought approval and would have not have received it if she had. Yet even after the report came out, Clinton told ABC News her use of a personal email account “was allowed.”

    IOW, she didn’t bother asking because she probably knew it would be denied, so instead she just had her people (Pagliano mostly) just go ahead and do it. Once her private server was up and running, she probably knew no one was going to put a stop to it, and she figured if it ever came up she’d just waive it away by claiming it was allowed since no one objected, and anyone who did was told to just shut up.

    What a mendacious cunt. Our next POTUS, everyone!

    1. Sooner her than an economy-collapsing, antiabortion, prohibitionist for Jeezes. Republican prohibitionism ruined us in 1929-33, 1987-91, 2007-12, and genocidal Jihad for Jeezes against Mohammed is Nixon, Operation Intercept and Vietnam all over again.
      Learn baby learn. Until then, shut up and eat Dem greens!

      1. God you’re a fucking idiot.

  14. Reflexively Resistant to Transparency.

  15. Is there someone in the Democrat Party – one with any clout or following – who can go to Hillary, like
    Goldwater went to Nixon – and tell her to resign for the good of the country?

    1. No, because to a Democrat, what’s “good for the country” is a Democrat winning every election.

      And who takes her place? Crazy Bernie?

      It’s also not worth having the Clinton Machine targeting you in the future.

      1. They demand so little from their candidates. Thats what having no standards gets you.

    2. An animated woodchipper? We may also have to reconsider the work “ask.”

    3. I thought it was Howard Baker, not Goldwater, who delivered the message to Nixon.

      /pedant

  16. WHY HAINT THEY EVER NO ARTACALS ERBOUT THE HILLARY LADY

    (looks again)

    WHY HAINT THEY HILLARY ARTACALS NEVER GOT NO BAD WORDS INNA HEADLINES AND FUNNY PITCHERS LIKE WITH HER DRESSED IN A MONKEY SUIT

  17. Hillary doesn’t walk, she slithers.

  18. How in the world can a person with such contempt for laws (and one can only gather her private thoughts about people in general) be in the position she’s in? How in the universe can any reasonable person vote for her even if they hold their noses?

    She’s awful. Just plain despicable and Americans will regret the day they put such a bankrupted person in power.

    1. “How in the universe can any reasonable person vote for her even if they hold their noses?”

      It’s easy. Look at the clown running against her. Even Libertarians like PJ O’Rourke plan to vote for her.

      1. And that was extremely disappointing to hear.

        1. I don’t think a Clinton candidacy is anything like the done deal everyone assumes it be. There’s always the unexpected, especially so for the past year. If she can’t stop the flow of disaffected, dispossessed white male Democrat voters to Trump, she can’t win. If Trump is smart, and assuming he wants to win, he will, when the timing is right, outflank Clinton on the Left to capture these voters.

    2. How in the world can a person with such contempt for laws (and one can only gather her private thoughts about people in general) be in the position she’s in?

      Answer in bold.

    3. one can only gather her private thoughts about people in general

      pls print

      (i like to amuse myself by assuming “Pls print” was her code language for ‘have this person killed’)

  19. In 1997?three years after the Clinton health care plan was defeated, in no small part because of the perception that it had been written behind closed doors without public input and debate?U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth rebuked the administration for its “outrageous” and “reprehensible” deception concerning participants in the working groups, many of whom were private parties with a stake in the outcome.

    This wasn’t a “perception” it was the way it was. It also set the stage for why the Gore’s didn’t much like Hillary. Gore wanted to be having the closed-door meetings, not some bitch that shared the president’s bedroom.

    1. That word “perception” gets used alot doesn’t it ? The perception that police are not accountable for their actions. The perception that congress isn’t subject to the laws it passes. The perception that teacher’s unions care more about the teachers than the kids’ education. There is not objective reality, just perceptions.

      1. And its funny how people who will say “Perception is reality” in some circumstances, never seem to say it in these circumstances.

  20. “…continue to cause trouble for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as illustrated by the recent inspector general’s report on her email practices as secretary of state….”

    So about as much “trouble” as, oh, forgetting your password?

  21. RE: Hillary’s Habits of Haughtiness
    The email controversy recapitulates themes from Clinton’s handling of health care reform.

    One must not question Her Royal Highness, Heil Hiterly.
    Otherwise you will deemed by our socialist slavers as a misogynist just as criticizing Dear Leader Oboma as a racist.
    You don’t want that on your resume.

    1. Hillary’s Habit of Haughtiness? By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!

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  23. Isn’t Judge Lamberth hearing one of the FOIA cases where he ALSO said that Clinton aides and perhaps Hillary herself should be deposed?

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  27. But why was and is such an incompetent Secretary of State as Clinton so against “any risk of the personal being accessible”? She has an immensely good reason, have you ever wondered what could it be?
    Is she – along with Obama and others of the world-wide oligarchy – engaged in actively planning the overturning of the US Constitution to enable the implementation of a one-world government and doesn’t want any inkling of such illegal activities surfacing?

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  29. The Demoncraps have been lying about “health care reform” for at least as far back as Hitlery’s involvement. Obozocare is based entirely on deception and lies. Took them a while, but they succeeded in making things much worse.

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