Because it was naive, pompous, and stupid – classic Obama – from the get go.
One set of rules for the Left’s beloved ‘elites,’ another set for the rest of us.
“She’s too big to jail,” said national security attorney Edward MacMahon Jr., who represented former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling in 2011 in a leak case that led to an espionage prosecution and 3½-year prison term. He cited a pattern of light punishments for top government officials who have mishandled classified information while lower level whistleblowers such as Sterling have faced harsh prosecutions for revealing sensitive information to expose waste, fraud or abuse in government. At least 671 emails that Clinton sent or received through her private server contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update Friday from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails. Her aides also sent and received classified information.
“When it comes to government, if you aren’t involved in the provision of actual public goods, you are involved in extortion. It may be legal. It may have the blessing of the mayor, the city council, and your union representative, but it’s still extortion. And you should be ashamed of yourself. If your only purpose is getting in the way until somebody hands you money, then you are part of a protection racket. And you might want to think about going into a more honorable line of work.”
Republicans shouldn’t be under any illusions about their ability to punch through that kind of boneheaded tribal thinking. Which is to say, American cities will continue to be badly misgoverned for as long as the residents of American cities choose to be governed by incompetents, misfits, criminals, race-hustlers, and practitioners of cheap identity politics. Unhappily, it isn’t only the cities: Progressive tribal politics are the main reason that Barack Obama was twice elected president of these United States, in spite of a pre-election curriculum vitae that suggested he was entirely unprepared for the presidency and a first term that proved it. It is why Hillary Rodham Clinton will be, despite her documented incompetence in the lesser position of secretary of state and the fact that her surname is a byword for dishonesty and the worst kind of self-serving politics, a formidable candidate.