Let Me Address the Ridiculousness Surrounding the Hillary Clinton Email “Controversy”

hillary-clinton-votingI’ve avoided writing about this topic as long as I could, but I just can’t take the stupidity surrounding it anymore. I haven’t seen a political non-story get blown this completely out of proportion in a while.


So, Hillary Clinton used a private email server while she was Secretary of State. Oh, by the way, so did Colin Powell – though if you listen to the media talk about this, you’d think that what Clinton did was unprecedented. I really am glad that I follow politics closely, because I can absolutely see why the typical novice American voter who only knows what they’re told on CNN or Fox News would think that this is some kind of “huge scandal exposing Clinton’s dishonesty.”

Hell, for good measure, let’s not forget when the Bush administration “lost” 22 million emails, or that Jeb Bush also used a private server while he was governor of Florida.

This is only being pushed because of a rule change in 2009 that dealt with how official documents were archived and preserved. Well, that and the fact that bashing Clinton in the media is great for business.

That’s it. 

All Hillary Clinton did was use a private email server, which was allowed prior to the adjustment of the policy. Even the Federal Records Act which changed how federal records are managed wasn’t signed until 2014 – two years after she was no longer Secretary of State.

Of course, she should have been aware of this rule change and she deserves to be called out for not being compliant with it. But let’s not act as if Clinton using a private email server was some calculated and nefarious act orchestrated to conceal her communications. Again, using a private email wasn’t unprecedented.


Now, did she delete around 30,000 emails? Apparently so, and that was a mistake made by Clinton and her team in not realizing the media frenzy that deleting thousands of emails could potentially cause. I understand why they might have been deleted (would you want your private emails in the hands of people looking for any shred of information to “leak” publicly with the hopes that it might bring you down?), but it was the wrong move no matter how benevolent those emails might have been. Either way, she most likely did not break the law by deleting them.

But the bottom line is, this whole thing is a giant sham. It all boils down to those who want to bring Clinton down over-sensationalizing something that’s essentially a non-story. It’s nothing more than propaganda that’s being hyped by conservatives who see her as their biggest threat, and (sadly) many Bernie Sanders supporters who are desperate to tear her down so he stands a better chance at winning.

When you get right down to it, this all traces back to a rule change in 2009 that she might have not fully followed, even though she handled her emails in a manner that was just fine prior to that change. It was a mistake, but it’s not a massive conspiracy or scandal.

If you want to criticize her for possibly not adhering to that rule change, go ahead. But this incessant fear-mongering suggesting that she put our national security at risk and used this server to hide her corruption and unscrupulous behavior is absurd. The last time I checked, Republicans sure as hell didn’t seem to care when Colin Powell did the exact same thing – and I’m not seeing any investigations into what he might have been “trying to hide.”



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    I agree with the article. For over a decade (and especially since Obama was elected) the repubs have made manufactured controversies which grind the system to a halt a high form of political art.

    I might quibble about “I haven’t seen a political non-story get blown this completely out of proportion in a while.” Benghazi ! For that matter, ever since RHC has been seen as a serious contender for President, they have been slinging out all sorts of idiotic, manufactured charges. (And I would add that even when Bill Clinton was prez, the conservative pundits were all in a tither that RHC might want to be prez.

  • Lenore

    Mr. McConnell where is your passion when it comes to the fact that the Bush Administration did the same thing during the time they lied us into a war, fired Justice,Department lawyers who wouldn’t help with the torture documents, 22 million emails sir during one of the most scandalous Administrations of our times. Unless you don’t consider 4,484 dead American soldiers, over 30,000 permanently disabled American Soldiers, 500,000 American soldiers suffering with PTSD, because the Bush Administration violated soldiers rights by sending the on up to 8 tours of duty. The manipulating and falsifying of CIA intelligence presented to congress to promote an illegal war against a country, Iraq, that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 or Alqueda? Where is the outrage,over the fact that we killed hundreds of thousands innocent civilians and devastated a whole country because you had an unqualified psychopath in the White House. Where is the outrage over the 11 embassy bombings under Bush, or the crashing of the economy, the raid of our treasury, anthrax and on and on.
    I am so sick of the vilifying of Hillary Clinton over Bengahzi, she didn’t plan it or orchestrate it but did everything she could as Secretary of State when it happened and so says 9’Republican led investigations the 10th by Trey Gouty is now longer than any other inquiry into White Water, Torture, Iran/Contra and more.
    I notice you never once addressed the facts that others did the same because the rule only changed during 2009, which could have meant she may have not been aware of it.
    If you go back during her time as Secretary of State she was praised by Republicans and Democrats alike, now that she’s running your party can’t just have a difference in policy you have to destroy her, her family and all the good works that the Clinton Foundation has done around the world. That to me is the saddest part of watching the death throes of the Republican Party I grew up with. You might not agree but you tried to work together for the good of America. Now the Republican Party is a party of hate and division, it cloaths itself in the bible while violating every tenet that Jesus stood for.
    So you won’t vote for Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or anyother Democrat that’s your privilege but looking at the crop the Republicans have so far produced I wish you well.