Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been an utter disaster.
Her run to the White House began with the release of “Hard Choices,” a memoir detailing her time at the State Department, which flopped following a spate of negative reviews. Throughout 2014 she was dogged by a number of negative stories, mostly of her own making, including the millions of dollars in speaker’s fees she charged to public universities, the tin-eared comments she made about not being “truly well off,” and her awkward (and testy) flip-flop on same-sex marriage that led her to an on-air dispute with an NPR correspondent.
If anything 2015 has been worse. First, it was revealed that she used a rogue email to shield emails from review and then only turned over personally cherry-picked emails at the State Department’s request. The rest of the emails were destroyed. Next, it came out that the Clinton Foundation violated White House policy by collecting donations from foreign governments during Hillary’s stint as Secretary of State. Then, intrepid reporters began piecing together the quid-pro-quo dealings that inevitably come from combining vast sums of money with political power and then giving it a privacy-shielding conduit like the Clinton Foundation. Among the questionable activities was a substantial donation from a Russian company that was buying up U.S.-based uranium interests that required approval from the State Department.
But the hits just don’t stop coming for the Hillary campaign. Indeed, as Stephen F. Hayes writes for the Weekly Standard, this week could have been her worst week yet:
Hillary Clinton had a very bad day.
In fact, she’s had a series of bad days since she announced her presidential bid April 12. But Monday was the worst of them.
In a bombshell report, the New York Times reported that Clinton, as secretary of state, used her private email to share private intelligence reports from noted conspiracy theorist and political hitman Sidney Blumenthal, at a time when Blumenthal was being paid by the Clinton Foundation and liberal political organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The emails included reports on Libya at a time when Blumenthal was seeking business in the country and included dubious information. The Times reported that Clinton nonetheless “took Mr. Blumenthal’s advice seriously” and “continued to pass around his emails even after other senior diplomats concluded that Mr. Blumenthal’s assessments were often unreliable.”
Given the rampant questions about the intermingling of Clinton’s political and business affairs the Blumenthal revelations will only serve to stoke the flames. After all, it’s hard not to look slant-eyed at the fact that Blumenthal was trying to make money by developing relationships with the new Libyan government at the same time that he had the ear of America’s top diplomat. The relationship is made all the more questionable given that it happened behind the back of the White House, which had already barred Blumenthal from working at the State Department despite Clinton’s request to hire him.
The other big bombshell was the release of previously classified documents showing that Clinton’s State Department knew that the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were the result of a planned attack by an Al Qaeda affiliated group. Contrary to the Obama Administration’s narrative of a spontaneous protest following the release of an obscure YouTube video, the Defense Intelligence Agency report, dated to the day after the Benghazi attack, says that the attack “was planned ten or more days prior” and the intention was “to kill as many American as possible. . . “
“These documents are jaw-dropping,” Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, said of the newly uncovered documents. “Now wonder we had to file more FOIA lawsuits and wait over two years for them. If American people had known the truth – that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top administration officials knew that the Benghazi attack was an al-Qaeda terrorist attack from the get-go – and yet lied and covered this fact up then Mitt Romney might very well be president.”
Sadly, it’s too late for a Romney presidency. But if there are many more weeks like the one you can be sure that there will never be a Hillary Clinton presidency.