Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is having a rough time. Rougher than when she lost to that upstart in 2008.
From the Benghazi investigation to questions about her server and emails to donations to the Clinton Foundation, scandal after scandal plagues the former First Lady.
She can’t understand why people are still talking about her emails. After all, she said, “It’s not anything that people talk to me about as I travel around the country. It is never raised in my town halls, it is never raised in my other meetings with people.”
Of course, her town halls are generally staged and scripted, so that’s probably true.
So what happens when Hillary enters what she thinks is a safe space and can take unscripted questions? Say some place like an elementary school classroom?
This is beyond party politics, despite what she wants everyone to believe. When she made the joke about Snapchat, even Democrats were shocked at her flippant attitude about something so serious. Mark Halperin told MSNBC:
“When she told that joke, there were people around me who gasped because it’s not a joking matter for a lot of people,” he said. “She said here at the fair, when she had a press availability, real voters don’t talk to her about this. They never bring it up here. Well, you know what, Joe? Real people never bring up to me that I need to lose some weight.”
Halperin added, “I have never in my career dealt with a presidential campaign who’s as unresponsive to basic questions. There’s lot of facts that they won’t respond to on a daily basis.”
What this comes down to is transparency and accountability.
National security should matter to every American and when the Secretary of State is running her classified emails out of a server housed in a bathroom closet, questions need to be answered.
When donations are made to the Clinton Foundation by a Canadian uranium mine being purchased by Russia while Hillary is Secretary of State, questions need to be answered. When you add that she kept the donations quiet despite an agreement with President Obama to disclose them publicly and followed that with a $500,000 pay day for Bill from a Russian investment bank with connections to the Kremlin, just for giving a speech in Moscow, questions need to be answered.
When there are four dead Americans in Benghazi and the public is fed a line about a spontaneous protest over a video, questions need to be answered.
Questions being asked by both Democrats and Republicans. Instead, Hillary is essentially looking at everyone, from Iowa Democrats to DC Republicans and saying:
In reality, Kenneth exists. We just know him as “the truth.”