Try as they might, the Clinton campaign emails WikiLeaks has been releasing haven’t had the desired impact that the organization, the Russian government and many Republicans wanted them to — because there’s simply nothing there. I’ve read through a lot of these emails and — contextually — this is one of the biggest “flops” as far as a “scandal” goes that I’ve ever seen.
Sure, of the thousands that have been released, a handful have been twisted into some sort of “shocking headline” that some people have desperately tried to run with. That’s why I made sure to emphasize the word contextually, because you really do have to dislike Hillary Clinton to think these emails are some sort of big deal.
That or you have to be someone in the media desperately trying to make something out of nothing. Such as this Politico article I read a few days ago titled, WikiLeaks Poisons Hillary’s Relationship with Left.
If that’s all you read (unfortunately, the vast majority of people do only read headlines), that’s a truly alarming claim, right? As a candidate who doesn’t exactly have the most solidified relationship with the far-left, any sort of controversy could really hurt her this election. Of course, when you actually read through the article (and a few of the emails), there’s really nothing there.
Ultimately what many of these emails have shown is back-and-forth correspondence between aides, outside advisors and John Podesta.
To be fair, some of these folks did say some rather not-nice things about a few people on the left. I’ve even had several far-left critics say that these emails, and the dismissive way a few of these folks talked about some of the more far-left elements of the party, “prove” how two-faced and underhanded Clinton’s entire campaign is.
If you really think that, then you’re incredibly naive and clearly have no idea how politics works or how campaigns operate.
But, hey, you don’t need to believe me. Just ask Bernie Sanders, who perfectly explained why the vast majority of these emails are meaningless.
“Trust me, if they went into our emails—I suppose which may happen, who knows—I’m sure there would be statements that would be less than flattering about, you know, the Clinton staff,” Sanders told the Washington Post. “That’s what happens in campaigns.”
“The way they work is very, very different from the way we work,” he added. “We did not have a committee deciding what kind of jokes I would be telling. In fact, we usually had me scrambling to write my speech on a yellow piece of paper, which I finished three minutes before I would go up there. So, you know, they were much more prepared and much better organized and careful about what they were saying or not saying. The way they do politics is very different.”
Basically, Clinton is exactly who most people have said she’s been her entire career: A very well-prepared, meticulous individual who is very detail-focused.
Now that doesn’t mean she’s perfect, or that every decision she makes is the correct, but I’m not going to knock someone for being possibly too prepared. In fact, I think her seeming obsession with being so extremely detailed can sometimes make her come off too robotic and scripted. I think that hurt her with some voters during her primary battle with Sanders who’s a far better public speaker and does better going off-the-cuff. His personality makes him come off more genuine (and I do fully believe he’s genuine person), while she seemed too polished and rehearsed at times which, to some, seems disingenuous.
But this is why you’re not seeing this wide-spread outrage among politicians who aren’t anti-Clinton. As Sanders pointed out, if you read through his campaign’s emails, you’ll probably find quite a few that weren’t always so kind to Clinton, her staff or even some members of the Democratic party.
What we’re seeing published by WikiLeaks is correspondence that was never meant to be made public and stuff that goes on within every single political campaign. The only people trying to make these emails an issue are those who are going to find any reason to bash or attack Hillary Clinton.
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