I Think the Clintons Have Learned their Lessons Well

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I Think the Clintons Have Learned their Lessons Well

I saw this at Glenn’s site two days ago:

What The Clin­tons Haven’t Learned. “The Clin­tons just don’t seem pre­pared for the mod­ern media world and its ten­dency to relent­lessly pry away at the small­est details. In the end, this may be a big­ger prob­lem for the Clin­ton cam­paign than what­ever Schweizer’s book reveals.… The Clin­tons clearly under­stood that there was a threat, which is why one pre­sumes that Hillary’s e-​mails were shielded from FOIA requests. But that also looks like a tacit con­fes­sion that the Clin­tons didn’t really under­stand what they were deal­ing with.”

While Ms. McArdle’s piece is inter­est­ing I dis­agree with both her premise & Glenn’s. His premise seems to be the Clinton’s aren’t ready for the Inter­net age, her premise is the Clin­tons made a mis­take leav­ing a trail:

Now instead of a mini-​scandal over some badly phrased e-​mails that would have blown over in a few days, the Clin­tons have a lin­ger­ing issue of unknown scale. But that’s not the main prob­lem for the cam­paign. The most seri­ous con­cern at the moment is whether there are any other trails of bread­crumbs, and where they might lead.

But I think they are both wrong, I’ve already argued in these pages that the rea­son these scan­dals are mak­ing head­way out­side of con­ser­v­a­tive media is the left (and by exten­sion the media ) is in fear of a Clinton’s defeat in 2016 so they are doing all they can to coax her out of this race early enough to get a bet­ter can­di­date in.

But the real truth is the Clin­tons HAVE learned the lessons of the 90’s quite well:

It was Democ­rats and media who vig­or­ously Defended Bill Clin­ton at every turn, who insisted the Mon­ica stuff was “just about sex”.

It was the lib­eral media who held back this story and at every oppor­tu­nity belit­tled the entire idea of this inves­ti­ga­tion. (and who iron­i­cally MADE Matt Drudge who did not.

And it was democ­rats who en masse not only voted against the 4 arti­cles of impeach­ment Arti­cle I: Per­jury before the grand jury, Arti­cle II: Per­jury in the Jones case, Arti­cle III: Obstruc­tion of jus­tice, Arti­cle IV: Abuse of power but directly after their pas­sage assem­bled on the White House lawn as Richard Gephardt, Al Gore and Clin­ton Him­self (with Hillary beside him) made speeches attack­ing the House for dar­ing to sug­gest that his actions made him unfit to hold the Office of pres­i­dent of the United States.

They fur­ther­more learned the lessons of the new cen­tury. Hillary Clin­ton was handed a can’t lose Sen­ate Seat in NY and Bill Clin­ton has been treated as a rock star on every media net­work and at every Demo­c­rat event he has attended for over a decade.

And ask your­self, how many Democ­rats have Bill & Hillary cam­paigned for over just the last four years to cheer­ing crowd?

Why would the Clin­tons change their behav­ior when there is no cost for it?

There are very few Democ­rats who don’t know who and what the Clin­tons are and they sim­ply don’t care:

Demo­c­ra­tic vot­ers remain loyal to Clin­ton though, with more than three-​quarters express­ing a pos­i­tive opin­ion of the fron­trun­ner for the party’s nom­i­na­tion, accord­ing to the NBC/​WSJ poll.

In that poll Demo­c­rat vot­ers give her 76% on hav­ing being able to set ” the proper moral tone for the coun­try” and a major­ity of those vot­ers con­sider her “hon­est and straightforward”.

Yes you read that right.

It doesn’t mat­ter what Bill Clin­ton does to any woman, it doesn’t mat­ter that nobody can name an accom­plish­ment of Hillary, it doesn’t mat­ter who they sell them­selves to or for how much. Demo­c­rat vot­ers, the media and Demo­c­rat money will be there, par­tic­u­larly if she is the nominee.

That’s the les­son the Clin­tons have been taught over the years and they’ve learned that les­son well.

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I saw this at Glenn’s site two days ago:

What The Clintons Haven’t Learned. “The Clintons just don’t seem prepared for the modern media world and its tendency to relentlessly pry away at the smallest details. In the end, this may be a bigger problem for the Clinton campaign than whatever Schweizer’s book reveals. . . . The Clintons clearly understood that there was a threat, which is why one presumes that Hillary’s e-mails were shielded from FOIA requests. But that also looks like a tacit confession that the Clintons didn’t really understand what they were dealing with.”

While Ms. McArdle’s piece is interesting I disagree with both her premise & Glenn’s.  His premise seems to be the Clinton’s aren’t ready for the Internet age, her premise is the Clintons made a mistake leaving a trail:

Now instead of a mini-scandal over some badly phrased e-mails that would have blown over in a few days, the Clintons have a lingering issue of unknown scale. But that’s not the main problem for the campaign. The most serious concern at the moment is whether there are any other trails of breadcrumbs, and where they might lead.

But I think they are both wrong, I’ve already argued in these pages that the reason these scandals are making headway outside of conservative media is the left (and by extension the media ) is in fear of a Clinton’s defeat in 2016 so they are doing all they can to coax her out of this race early enough to get a better candidate in.

But the real truth is the Clintons HAVE learned the lessons of the 90’s quite well:

It was Democrats and media who vigorously Defended Bill Clinton at every turn, who insisted the Monica stuff was “just about sex”.

It was the liberal media who held back this story and at every opportunity belittled the entire idea of this investigation. (and who ironically MADE Matt Drudge who did not.

And it was democrats who en masse not only voted against the 4 articles of impeachment Article I: Perjury before the grand jury, Article II: Perjury in the Jones case, Article III: Obstruction of justice, Article IV: Abuse of power but directly after their passage assembled on the White House lawn as Richard Gephardt, Al Gore and Clinton Himself (with Hillary beside him) made speeches attacking the House for daring to suggest that his actions made him unfit to hold the Office of president of the United States.

They furthermore learned the lessons of the new century. Hillary Clinton was handed a can’t lose Senate Seat in NY and Bill Clinton has been treated as a rock star on every media network and at every Democrat event he has attended for over a decade.

And ask yourself, how many Democrats have Bill & Hillary campaigned for over just the last four years to cheering crowd?

Why would the Clintons change their behavior when there is no cost for it?

There are very few Democrats who don’t know who and what the Clintons are and they simply don’t care:

Democratic voters remain loyal to Clinton though, with more than three-quarters expressing a positive opinion of the frontrunner for the party’s nomination, according to the NBC/WSJ poll.

In that poll Democrat voters give her 76% on having being able to set ” the proper moral tone for the country” and a majority of those voters consider her “honest and straightforward”.

Yes you read that right.

It doesn’t matter what Bill Clinton does to any woman, it doesn’t matter that nobody can name an accomplishment of Hillary, it doesn’t matter who they sell themselves to or for how much. Democrat voters, the media and Democrat money will be there, particularly if she is the nominee.

That’s the lesson the Clintons have been taught over the years and they’ve learned that lesson well.

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If you want journalism owned by you instead of the left elites I would ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me pay for it.

My goal is Twenty grand a year

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That gets all the bills paid.  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

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Subscribe at $50 or more in April and receive each monthly premium shipped the date of your payment.

All Tip Jar hits in May of $10 or more will get a copy of Jeff Trapani’s excellent E-Book Victor the Monster Frankenstein.