With poll after poll after poll showing Hillary Clinton leading any Republican in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race, her opponents on the right hope to prove either that she's too scandal-ridden or too sick to actually run. It's a banner day for the theories: a new document dump from the Clinton Presidential Library and a rewarmed look at Clinton's late-2012 health scare are both getting attention.
Later today, 5,000 pages of documents from the Clinton administration will be made public for the first time, as the Associated Press reports. Tantalizingly, "the records could also include communications involving former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton." What secrets they hold we will have to wait to see. Will they reveal that she worked with her husband on key policy initiatives? Perhaps reveal some untoward sexual behavior by the president? Maybe suggest that she was in communication with people who were themselves involved in untoward activity? Who knows! Well, besides that we already know all of those things.
Very reliable water-carriers assure me there is nothing interesting in the Clinton library. Please do not look there, reporter friends.— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) February 27, 2014
There's always the possibility, of course, that a piece of blistering, incriminating evidence might still be out there somewhere, and some people will pick through the thousands of documents with the determination to find it. Or to make hay out of documents that don't really suggest all that much, as occurred after the supposedly explosive publication of the records kept by her friend Diane Blair, a political science professor in Arkansas. The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news site dedicated to stories "the professional left hopes will never see the light of day," published The Hillary Papers earlier this month. The documents didn't dredge up anything new — quelle surprise, Hillary Clinton did not like Monica Lewinsky — focusing instead on the scandalous aspects of past crises. The Free Beacon's report of the Blair Papers includes sections titled "THE SEX FILES" and "YOU ARE ENTERING A WORLD OF PAIN," but perhaps the most shocking thing, at this point, is Clinton's decades-old opinion on single-payer health care.