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Tue Mar 3, 2015, 12:07 PM

CHARLES PIERCE - The Clinton Rules: "Every glitch is a crime, and every blunder is a conspiracy" [View all]

Hillary Finds A Rake To Step On: The First Clinton Bombshell
Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account at the State Department raises questions and sparks conspiracy theories.


What, precisely, is this woman's major malfunction? For going on 30 years, she has been the target of every strange conspiracy theory that the half-bright mind of man can dream up. She knows they're out there, pining to have a coldie with Vince Foster at the cocktail lounge of the Mena Airport. Just in the past six years, she's watched the Benghazi, Benghazi! BENGHAZI! dreamscape blossom lushly with the wilder flora planted in the public mind by the seedpod that is the brain of Darrell Issa. So she knew that what began with a bust-out Ozarks land deal had not faded just because her husband had skated through his second term. And still, we have this.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton's advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary's post in early 2013.

And let a thousand paranoids bloom.

She had to know what this would mean because she's lived her whole life under The Clinton Rules, by which every glitch is a crime, and every blunder is a conspiracy. It's not entirely fair, and we'll get to that in a minute, but somebody on the nascent campaign should have been D'd up for this kind of thing. A campaign by Hillary Clinton is a different thing, and anyone who doesn't know this by now is somebody who needs burping on the half-hour. This screw-up has all the earmarks of a campaign still laboring under the ghost of Mark Penn.


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