New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has penned her own open letter to what she says is among those "secretive and duplicitous regimes," otherwise known as the "Clinton Republic of Chappaqua" to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"It has come to our attention while observing your machinations during your attempted restoration that you may not fully understand our constitutional system," Dowd wrote in her most recent column published Saturday.
"Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our democracy: The importance of preserving historical records and the ill-advised gluttony of an American feminist icon wallowing in regressive Middle Eastern states' payola," she explained.
When Clinton held her press conference last week in an attempt to settle questions over the revelation that she used a personal email address linked to her own personal server during her tenure at the State Department, Dowd says that she seemed "like an annoyed queen, radiating irritation at anyone who tries to hold you accountable," which she described in contrast to former President Ronald Reagan, who "seemed like an ancient king, as one put it, gliding across the landscape."
"None of what you said made any sense. Keeping a single account mingling business and personal with your own server wasn’t about 'convenience.' It was about expedience," Dowd wrote. "You became judge and jury on what’s relevant because you didn’t want to leave digital fingerprints for others to retrace."
While the liberal columnist says "it would be thrilling" for there to be female president, she says that "therein lies the rub."
"What is the trade-off that will be exacted by the Chappaqua Republic for that yearned-for moment?" she asked.
"You exploit our better angels and our desire for a finer country and our fear of the anarchists and haters in Congress," Dowd wrote for the Times.
"Instead of raising us up by behaving like exemplary, sterling people, you bring us down to your own level, a place of blurred lines and fungible ethics and sleazy associates," she added.
Dowd also criticized the news that the Clinton Global Initiative has received donations from Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia.
"Your family’s foundation gobbles tens of millions from Saudi Arabia and other repressive regimes, whose unspoken message is: 'We’re going to give you money to go improve the world. Now leave us alone to go persecute women,'" Dowd wrote.
"That’s an uncomfortable echo of a Clintonian trade-off, which goes: 'We’re going to give you the first woman president who will improve the country. Now leave us alone to break any rules we please."
Dowd concluded that "No Drama Obama and his advisers are clearly appalled to be drawn into your shadowy shenanigans."
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