Democrats, always thrilled by the stresses within GOP ranks, are allowing themselves to be diverted from the increasingly obvious flaws in their presumptive nominee.
I hate to say it so soon, as I will have to say it so often between now and next November. But I told them so, at length and in great detail in The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second Clinton Era.
The former secretary of state is a dreadful candidate. Her catastrophic tenure at Foggy Bottom is the single constant that brings every bitter brew from around the world back to her original recipes from 2009 for American “soft power,” her resets and fresh starts, as well as her deep silence during the brutally repressed Iranian Green Revolution — had it been nurtured and encouraged instead of ignored and disdained, it would at least have prevented this disaster of a “deal” with Iran.
Hillary is an anchor around the Democratic Party’s neck every bit as heavy as President Obama and Obamacare and the legitimization of a nuclear Iran, and just as impossible to escape. Her plummeting poll numbers have already shaken all but the delusional, and now this.
“This” of course is the recognition by two inspectors general that the operation and subsequent attempted destruction of Hillary’s private email server system probably violated the federal criminal law. This revelation has accelerated the growing awareness that her reckless disdain for national security compromised every day of her tenure at State.
Our nation’s national security enemies, which are capable of emptying OPM’s data vaults, were also of course surely aware that Hillary had a Costco server with Sam’s Club security, and likely had her incoming and outgoing communications in real time. She was a bulletin board to the Chinese, the Russians and the Iranians of what the United States was hoping to accomplish and planning to do.
Hillary Clinton turns out to have been America’s greatest intelligence blunder ever, all because she put her political interests and personal paranoia ahead of the country’s safety. Never before have foreign enemies of the United States had such a clear picture of what the U.S. intended as policy and practice as they would have had with real time access to the internal communications of the country’s secretary of state, and the probability of that real time access is nearing 100 percent.
If Putin — or his Chinese or Iranian counterparts — for any reason decides he wants to punish Hillary before the election, he need only drop a few emails classified “secret” into the public domain — especially if they turn out to be among the ones Hillary erased.
That would blow her out of the race if the mere possibility hasn’t already. And the knowledge that our enemies rummaged through our “highly protected” spy files and security investigation folders is driving home the realities of their capabilities even to those who know little of intelligence-world skullduggery.
Hilary disqualified herself for the presidency the day she turned on her homebrew server. Her plummeting numbers show the public is on to this. The calls by two inspectors general for a criminal inquiry are just the opening horn sounding of the hunt for accountability — a hunt that will continue long after Hillary loses if not the Democratic nomination (to Joe Biden or … John Kerry?) then after she loses the general election in the fall of ’16.
The server, the server, the server. That is the bell tolling for Team Hillary. And they know it. Those who deny it evince a laughable ignorance of intelligence gathering and our enemies’ abilities. Those who deny it, in short, are children playing at adult games.
They are loud, they are angry, and they are spread throughout the Manhattan-Beltway media elite. But they are children nonetheless.
This column was originally posted on WashingtonExaminer.com.