By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 – 5:00 pm
Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Rodham Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is underwater on trust, 39 percent to 55 percent.
Clinton’s conduct is catching up with her. In March, Clinton told reporters that as secretary of state she had “opted for convenience” to use private e-mail “because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal e-mails instead of two.” Oh, and she used a private — not a government — server, and the private server already has been scrubbed. Also, she deleted some 30,000 e-mails — because they were personal — before sending another 30,000 to Foggy Bottom. Voters will have to take her word that half of the e-mails were personal and did not violate national security. An inspector general has asked the Department of Justice to investigate. It seems a sampling of 40 Clinton-Secretary-of-State e-mails found four contained classified information that should have been labeled “secret.” The only question is: What took so long?
In 1996, the New York Times’ William Safire branded Hillary Clinton a “congenital liar” in a column that cited the first lady’s amazing acumen in the commodities market, role in firing staff in the White House travel office and the mysterious disappearance and appearance of documents from her former law firm. The Clintons have a way of playing the clock until the public loses interest in an overcomplicated story.
The Clinton e-mail/private server story is too technical as well, but it directs attention to other Clinton vices:
No. 1 — Blind ambition. Clinton was her party’s front-runner in 2008 when Democrats bolted to a first-term senator from Illinois. Yes, they liked Barack Obama, but also, they did not trust Clinton, who had voted for the Iraq war before she turned against it.
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