WikiLeaks revealed that the Democratic Party operatives that we watch as animatrons on TV become real people once they think no one watches. They want to suppress the leaked emails why, exactly?
People who we thought from their cable-news performances viewed William Jefferson Clinton as a Jefferson Smith, dismissed transmitting classified documents on a private server as much ado about nothing, and regarded Hillary Clinton’s brain injury as proof of the brain injuries of political adversaries turn out to worry about the very things Republicans worry about.
They’re not amoral, imprudent pod people, after all. They just play them on TV.
“How is what Bill Clinton did different from what Bill Cosby did?” asks political operative and lobbyist Ron Klain in one email. “You said every woman should be believed,” he points out, anticipating Republican attacks, in the electronic missive. “Why not the women who accused him?” He further asks, “Will you apologize to the women who were wrongly smeared by your husband and his allies?”
“Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email?” Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden asks. “And has that person been drawn and quartered? Like whole thing is f—ing insane.”
“Oddly, [Bill Clinton] does not have to sign [a conflict of interest] document even though he is personally paid by 3 [Clinton Global Initiative] sponsors, gets many expensive gifts from them, some that are at home etc[.],” points out Doug Band, who channels Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer in one email regarding the shady dealings of the Clinton Foundation that employs him.
John Podesta doggedly dodges a face-to-face meeting with David Brock, a man whose “eccentricities” puts him in the “unhinged narcissist” category, Clinton’s campaign manager judges. The mental-case diagnosis, coming from a man obsessed with UFOs, confirms that people with bizarre quirks are not blind to seeing them in others.
“This is not a good system,” Huma Abedin informed her boss of relying on a secret email address on an external server in documents released by the State Department. In the same thread she explains, “We should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam.” In a batch of messages released by WikiLeaks, Abedin informs Clinton’s campaign bigwigs that the candidate intends to stay scripted because she remained “still not perfect in her head.”
Politics programs people. It morphs them from independent individuals to unthinking robots. Voters get the skewed sense that everyone in Washington lacks sense because they repeatedly defend the indefensible in their living rooms. WikiLeaks shows the cable-TV performances as just that. Campaign surrogates work as actors delivering lines. When away from the cameras, reason returns. Rejoice that the gap between common sense and campaign idiocy remains more illusory than real. The quip about Washington as Hollywood for ugly people applies here.
Though conventional wisdom depicts Donald Trump as the shoot-from-the-lip CEO too strong-willed to listen to underlings’ advice, the emails show Hillary Clinton as the character better suited for this caricature. Repeatedly, she ignored the wise counsel offered by her inner circle. She regards herself as above the law and beyond advice. She can’t blame Abedin, Band, Podesta, and others for her walking onto the minefield that they urged her to avoid.
WikiLeaks shows Hillary Clinton speaking with a forked tongue, sharing a “dream” of “open borders” in a speech to South American bankers while maintaining support for border security campaigning in the United States. Her advisors similarly talk out of both sides of their mouths. The difference is that when Clinton’s advisors speak candidly off camera, their words tend to improve their reputations.