Hillary’s Press Conference: Not the Final Word

So the Hillary press conference about her private e-mail account is over. She probably hopes that will be the final word on it. If so, she is kidding herself. Anyone not already a camp follower can’t be satisfied with her defense. It’s really pretty brazen to claim, as she did, that she followed all the rules with this non-government account. And then there was her statement that it will remain a private server, subject to no third-party inspection to ensure all relevant e-mails have been turned over to the government.

In all this, she’s merely doing what our president does all the time:

Transparency

Let’s review. All government employees are told they must conduct government business on a government account. She didn’t do so. During her tenure as secretary of state, she even sent out a notice to all those working at the State Department, reminding them of this policy. How hypocritical is that?

Now she’s saying it’s up to her to decide which of her e-mails belong to the government. That’s backwards. The government will decide that. She is trying to maintain absolute control and tells us to “trust” her that she has turned over everything relevant. As a policy, regardless of who is involved, that is ludicrous. The House committee investigating Benghazi already has noted major gaps in the e-mails they have received—after much stonewalling on her part.

Hillary’s “explanation” yesterday is at least consistent with her past “explanations”:

Explanation

If the mainstream media will do its job this time (which is highly unlikely), she will have a hard time during her campaign:

Baggage

While she has staunch defenders within her party, some are nervous and seeking other possibilities for their presidential nominee. Unfortunately for them, there is no real contender to challenge her:

Vulnerable

There’s something else about this press conference worth mentioning. Unless one is completely blind, one cannot but help being put off by her tone. She was borderline arrogant, condescending in her answers, and carefully reading from a script most of the time. She wasn’t hard to “read.” “How dare you question me?” was the attitude that prevailed. “Don’t you know who I am?” I think she considers herself above criticism and that the rules that apply to ordinary humans don’t apply to her.

I’m not sure I want her ousted as the frontrunner. There is always the possible horror of her winning the election, but she could also suffer a devastating loss, provided Republicans choose a good candidate for a change. It would be gratifying to see a Clinton lose, and to see the Clintons removed from the public stage once and for all.