At the very first Democratic primary debate held on October 13, 2015 , Bernie Sanders made the immediately foolish statement that “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” Besides giving a pass to Mrs. Clinton for her culpability on an important transgression, he was way too premature in his assessment. There would in fact be sustained interest in her emails through the election more than a year later.
With the help of hackers and WikiLeaks, the world got to know the ugly truth about Mrs. Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and her inner circle. The emails revealed, for instance, that the DNC was in the tank for Mrs. Clinton from the very start and that she was fed debate questions in advance. While Donna Brazile has denied wrongdoing, the authenticity of the email originating from her has not been serious challenged. Courtesy of WikiLeaks, Ms. Brazile’s email is reproduced below:
From time to time I get the questions in advance From:firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org CC: Minyon.Moore@deweysquare.com Date: 2016-03-12 19:39 Subject: From time to time I get the questions in advance Here's one that worries me about HRC. DEATH PENALTY 19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty? Sent from Donna's I Pad. Follow me on twitter @donnabrazile
With the State Department having released thousands of pages of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, combined with thousands more she herself turned over and the WikiLeaks-released hack of Mr. Podesta’s email account, we have a thorough picture of how Mrs. Clinton et al conduct themselves. Critics have had a field day finally confirming as unseemly facts what had heretofore been only suspicions. But, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters have been virtually silent, owing to there being precious little to rally behind. Imagine, however, if there was a singular reason for hope in the form of the following:
Re: From time to time I get the questions in advance From:hdr22@ email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, Minyon.Moore@deweysquare.com Date: 2016-03-12 20:41 Subject: Re: From time to time I get the questions in advance Donna: Jen forwarded me your email. Greatly appreciate your support. We all know what's at stake in this election, but let's not lose sight of what's important: winning fairly through hard work and integrity. I've instructed Jen to contact the debate commission and let them know we were forwarded this question by a well-meaning supporter. Going forward, understand that the ends don't justify the means. Anything does not go. All will be held to a high standard so we can hold our heads high no matter the election result. HRC Sent from my iPhoneTo:
But, who are we kidding? For a thought experiment to work it has to be plausible. This is Hillary we’re talking about. Nevermind.