Hillary has finally said “I am sorry” for her actions with the email scandal. The fallout from the scandal has seriously damaged her trust and approval levels with voters, turning her campaign into a ship taking on water.
Hillary was the supposed to be the candidate who was to be coronated by the entire Democratic-Party; she was supposed to be the ordained Democratic candidate on a historical run to be the first woman president.
Things have been rocky to say the least, and it looks like now Hillary may be running away from being disciplined for her careless and dangerous actions with classified information as the Secretary of State.
Now, her after-thought challenger in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders, is beating her handily in New Hampshire and now just edging her out in Iowa. Also, Joe Biden is also considering getting into the race. It’s a pressure cooker for the Clinton Campaign.
The email scandal has not blown over as Hillary would have hoped. As the facts came to light how she handled her Government emails on a private server, her response and explanation of her actions has become just as big of a story.
Her initial response was that she did nothing wrong, that she never sent anything classified on her emails, and she said that all of this was done as convenience so she did not have to carry more than one device. All of those statements have been proven misleading or outright false.
The Obama administration said that everyone had to have their emails stored on a government server as of 2010. Prior to that, it was law that all government related emails needed to be turned over and archived if any were on a personal computer (never mind a home-brewed server).
She made the decision to wipe clean her server without the government seeing what was being deleted. Her second point that nothing was classified soon turned to “nothing classified at the time” so it’s getting a bit convoluted.
The reality is that as a Secretary of State, whenever you are discussing anything related to our diplomacy and national security, it would be deemed classified in real time as she was typing. Claiming ignorance on this is not an excuse.
It also raises another question: If you are the Secretary of State, how are you able to do your job if your only email address is a private one where nothing classified is being exchanged? The final excuse about not wanting to carry multiple devices has been proven patently false as it came out she was using multiple devices anyway.
With the FBI now investigating that cleaned server, time will tell as to what other grenades exist on there, or if it has been completely wiped clean.
Making silly jokes about “wiping with a cloth” a server with sensitive data when you were acting fast and loose with national security information is not smart. The liberal media will cover for Hillary and blame Republicans for a lot of things, but they don’t appreciate having their questions brushed aside or being lied to.
They will continue to ask these questions until they get sufficient answers, and their involvement gives real credence that this is not some partisan witch-hunt. Her apology with interviewer ABC News’ David Muir also opens another important question: what are you sorry for if you did nothing wrong?
She also apologized for what happened in Benghazi saying she takes responsibility without explaining what she was apologizing for. Apologizing for not being wrong is a clever Clinton tactic to get everyone to move on.
The rise of Bernie Sanders has added another layer of stress to this hobbled campaign. Sanders has been buoyed by strong support from the left wing of the democratic base who are looking for a populist candidate.
Sanders has branded himself as the working class candidate who wants to rein in Wall Street and re-distribute the wealth from millionaires and billionaires. Hillary’s close ties to Wall Street donors have given Sanders a great opportunity to be the true, liberal candidate.
Sanders has done a gradual march in the polls throughout the summer, and Hillary is now losing in head-to head match-ups against the top Republican candidates.
Hillary’s wounds are all self-inflicted. She was being secretive, dangerous and arrogant in her actions as Secretary of State. With 14 months to go before votes are cast, Hillary still has time, but it is time to call this campaign a failure thus far.
Her numbers have trended down ever since she announced, and her actions since have led to her poll numbers for “Honest and Trustworthy” to completely tank. Regaining trust with voters is one of the most difficult things to do after they have felt you were lying to them.
Hillary may have apologized, but that doesn’t mean her problems have gone away. Sorry Hillary.
Kevin Broderick serves as a consultant for a Fortune 500 Insurer in the Employee Benefits marketplace for large employers. He received a finance degree from Providence College. For more of his reports, Go Here Now
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