By John Ruberry

The day after one of the biggest October surprises in presidential politics ever, Hillary Clinton called on FBI director James Comey to release, to use the phrase in his statement to his underlings, his discovery of emails that “appear to be pertinent to our investigation.”

That investigation is centered around Clinton’s selfish and reckless decision to used a home-brewed email server while she was Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, rather than a secure government server.

Over 33,000 emails, which Clinton ludicrously claimed to have been about personal matters such as yoga and her daughter’s wedding, were wiped clean from her server last year–the firm that did the work even bragged about it–after Congress subpoenaed them.

Despite the destruction of evidence, many of those emails were recovered and we learned that some of them were marked classified. In July, Comey said that Clinton and her staffers were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Clinton lied.

Of course Clinton could have released those emails to Congress when it asked for them. Possibly within that cache could have been those emails found on the laptop shared by her longtime aide, Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, sexting fiend Anthony Weiner. That laptop was seized by the FBI in an unrelated investigation of Carlos Danger for inappropriate online contact with an underage teen. Abedin swore under oath that she surrendered all documents with State Department emails to the FBI.

Abedin lied too.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

So Hillary wants the FBI to immediately release, or at least before Election Day, those “pertinent emails.”

Clinton had her chance, but she chose, to use the term utilized by her protectors in the mainstream media, to yield to her “penchant for secrecy.”

Because what Hillary really has is a penchant for corruption.

The sad part of this story is that about half of American voters will still vote for Hillary Clinton–no matter what.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

Unless you have been living in a spider hole without access to a computer or a television, you are of course aware of the Donald Trump phenomenon. Without spending much money, his or anyone else’s, the real estate billionaire has vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential polls.

Whether he is a genius or a crackpot genius remains to be determined, but The Donald finds himself in a rare position–he is recreating the political process in a way that mirrors the ascendancy of Andrew Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But the Republican political establishment is either indifferent or hostile to Trump. No sitting Republican members of the US House or the US Senate have endorsed him. Nor have any statewide elected officials. Trump for the most part eschews spending money on political consultants, in fact he spends more cash on baseball caps, shirts, and yard signs than on “expert” advice. His spending on TV ads has been a pittance compared the expenditures of other candidates.

Trump has made a number of controversial statements, several of which he has partially walked back, such as his call to halt Muslim travel into the United States. But in that instance, Trump has made Muslim immigration and our weak vetting of potential terrorists into a major political discussion point.

The political novice enjoys a rare gift–by addressing the political situation, Trump alters it.

The ruling classes, Democratic and Republican, dislike change and they abhor disruption. But the GOP needs to embrace Trump–even if he fails to win the Republican nomination for president.

After all, there is no one more skilled to attack Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee in 2016, on such issues as the Benghazi killings and the “It was a video!” canard, the rise of ISIS, the Clinton Foundation slush fund and foreigners buying access to her, Clinton’s possibly illegal misuse of classified data, and her hypocrisy of being a defender of women while her husband is a serial sexual abuser of them.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Like it or not, America is transforming into a Trump-ified nation. And if he becomes president, it will be to some extent become a Trump planet.

My advice to the GOP establishment is that you should hop on the Trump train now–or you will find yourself under it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

General Erich Marks:When you create a diversion, it’s for a reason.

The Longest Day 1962

John Cleese:Mr. Bradshaw, will you stand up please. [He stands up and is shot]  This demonstrates the value of not being seen.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus How not to be seen 1970

The Hillary Clinton email scandal continues to draw blood, both on Mrs. Clinton & on the Administration in which she served as evidenced by this it of video that is sure to remain a classic:

Why won’t this go away? Simple logic.

Hillary Clinton proactively moved to set up a private email server for all of her e-mails.

When this was discovered by the New York Times and reported and email were to be turned over she proactively PRINTED 50,000 pages of emails rather than simply turn over either a thump drive or a hard drive containing these emails making them searchable

She then followed up by holding a press conference in a venue where credentialing was extremely limited and left a window to be credentialed for the event shorter than many sitcom episodes.

Furthermore the decision was made to either

1. Not sign the separation document from state

OR

2. Refuse to acknowledge signing it

is a proactive one.

All of these things are done proactively for a reason and the reason is to conceal.

All of this comes with a political cost but the logical conclusion is that whatever was on her server (most likely by now deleted & scrubbed) is more damaging than any of this stuff.

Cue Spock

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Jim Hacker:  I discovered recently that one of your staff spends all his time paying people to produce food, and the man in the next office spends all his time paying people to destroy it.
Maurice:  Thats not true.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  Not true?
Maurice:  No!  He’s not in the next office. Not even on the same floor!

Yes Minister:  Party Games 1984

I was a rather amused by Hillary Clinton & her ahem… interesting press conference and her defense of her little e-mail problem, but I’m even more amused at my friends on the left who see no problem here.  An example:

It’s no skin off back if those on the left don’t mind throwing away their credibility but what I really enjoy is the fact that while Maxinne is correct that this will not make a huge difference in terms of Democrat activist they are missing why this entire scandal is so damaging to them, not because of how easy it is to understand (although that’s part of it) but how it plays to the younger generation.

Hillary is 67 years old and was in her mid 40’s when her husband was in the white house. While she was there Windows 95 & 98 were released. There was no such thing as an ipod, an apple phone or a zune. AOL was still one of the most popular ways to get to the net and people like me were using prodigy or compuserve to get online.

Her statements concerning the limitations on email might sound convincing to her advisers her own age or even to the 50 somethings who were once her interns.

But to the twitter generation who have been configuring their game systems to do things Mrs. Clinton apparently hasn’t dreamed up since they were seven years old Mrs. Clinton’s statement makes her seem every bit the grandmother she is and will cause a lot young voters the democrats count on laugh at her, that is if she is lucky.

But if she is not lucky this scandal will do what a hundred posts from a fifty year old guy like me who lived through the Clinton years describing her mendacity can’t: Vividly illustrate who and what she is to a generation of voters who either didn’t know about or care about what was going on politically during her time.

I can write about Whitewater, Filegate, Vince foster, the Rose Law firm, Cattle Futures, Bimbo Eruptions, impeachment till the cows come home and it’s not going to do a thing to convince a young person who wasn’t alive to see them how big a liar Mrs. Clinton is.

But even the least political person with what would pass for remedial knowledge about email can see she is lying through her teeth and the memes that will be created and shared on facebook accounts all over the country will make her an object of ridicule among them.

It might even cause the brightest among those youngsters, if they think even a little bit, to figure out a former first lady, former senator and a current secretary of state just might have access to someone to configure a phone for two email address for her or could easily hire a 10 year old to do it.

So thank you Mrs. Clinton for explaining to the youth & low information voters exactly the type of person you are in a way they will understand.

We of the right coudln’t have done it without you.