Dana Milbank, the Washington Post columnist, is one of my favorites.
But he missed the point in his recent column about Hillary Clinton and 'Emailgate'. Here is what he says about Clinton in his latest missive (the picture is from his column):
So it turns out Hillary Clinton will face a serious challenger in the primaries, after all. Her name is Hillary Clinton (italics mine):
This week’s revelation that she used only private e-mail to conduct her public business as secretary of state is not a knockout blow to the likely Democratic presidential nominee; she has weathered worse. But it is a needless, self-inflicted wound, and it stems from the same flaws that have caused Clinton trouble in the past — terminal caution and its cousin, obsessive secrecy.
In trying so hard to avoid mistakes — in this case, trying to make sure an embarrassing e-mail or two didn’t become public — Clinton made a whopper of an error. What’s troubling is that she’s been making a variation of this mistake for nearly a quarter-century.
Yes, Milbank got it right - terminal caution and obsessive secrecy are at fault, but they stem from the fundamental 'Clintonian charcateristic' - entitlement. 'Billary' thinks they are better than the rest of us and don't need to play by the same rules. Transparency? That's for the little people.
Bill gets away with it more easily than Hillary because of his personality and 'Aw, shucks, down home' persona.
The Clintons are not the only politicians who possess this trait, but we're not talking about other politicians.
Did she break the law? Apparently not. Did she do what she criticized others for doing? Yes.
But she's still better than the Republican wannabes. Oh, yeah.
She ought to learn not to shoot herself in the foot.
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." - Hillary Clinton