I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think this entire Hillary Clinton “email scandal” is ridiculous. Especially when you consider the fact that many of Clinton’s potential presidential opponents (Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Chris Christie) have all used private emails to conduct official business.
But this Republican “outrage” might even be more hypocritical considering how during Bush’s administration, millions of emails “went missing” during a time when there was quite a bit of controversy concerning the firing of several U.S. Attorneys. After some investigation, most of the emails were recovered – though I don’t recall Republicans being “outraged” when that scandal was brewing.
Well, on Fox News Sunday, Republican strategist Karl Rove was slammed by Fox News contributor Juan Williams over the hypocrisy shown by many on the right concerning this entire ordeal.
“You see these Republicans, ‘Email, email, email!’ When Karl was in trouble back in ’07, no press coverage!” Williams stated. “It was like one day of press coverage.”
“If you’re trying to say they were not tough on Rove, but they’re being too tough on Clinton, well, maybe it’s because she was the secretary of state and I was a White House aide, and she is violating the rules,” Rove shot back.
“But Karl, you fired a bunch of U.S. Attorneys!” Williams responded. “Karl, if you doubt your power, let me affirm it. You were a powerful man in the Bush White House. And you were firing U.S. Attorneys! And it was a scandal.”
Karl Rove is easily one of the most deceitful individuals in politics. For him to sit there with a straight face and pretend that he was nothing but an “aide” is ludicrous. He’s a massively powerful entity within the Republican party who literally has the ability to make or break politicians at will. He’s probably more powerful than many of our elected officials – even though he’s never been elected to any office.
Now, am I saying that Clinton’s emails shouldn’t be given some attention? Absolutely not. But, as of now, almost nothing has been found to make anyone believe that she was hiding anything. This entire “scandal” has been based on irrational fear-mongering and propaganda that’s been specifically shaped to make it seem as if she was trying to hide some sort of unscrupulous behavior. Again, all of this because she used a private email account just like many of the GOP frontrunners for president have done while in office.
Republicans like Rove are well aware that perception is often more important than reality. He knows Republicans really don’t need to find anything negative in these emails to pin to Clinton, they just need to continue to push the perception that she was trying to hide something and that will be more than enough to convince millions of conservatives that she was trying to cover something up.
You see, a conservative’s reality usually isn’t based on facts, just what they wished were real.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: