“You can’t complain,” Bill Clinton said before he did. In an interview broadcast by CNN on Sunday, Clinton likened the email scandal dogging his wife’s presidential campaign to the Whitewater land deal and others scandals that shadowed his political career. “It always happens.”
Yes, sir. That’s sort of the point. Many voters are tired of Clinton controversies and their side effects: deflection, deception, derision, and division.
He also blamed the email flap on Republicans who want to undercut Hillary Clinton’s campaign and on political reporters who aren’t interested in substance.
Stipulated: Republicans are partisan and reporters are shallow.
Another fact: It’s not our fault.
The GOP did not create a secret email system independent of the Freedom of Information Act, congressional oversight, and historical archives. The media did not discuss and distribute classified information on the unsecured server. Hillary Clinton’s campaign—not the vast right-wing conspiracy—has repeatedly and intentionally misled the public.
I feel sorry for the Clintons. I really do. Starting with the Whitewater land deal, which I first investigated in the mid-1980s—finding no wrongdoing on the part of the Clintons—this extraordinarily talented couple has been the subject of spurious rumors and allegations. (I won’t list them all, but include every conspiracy theory you’ve read about Vince Foster’s suicide.)