Regrets — Hillary Clinton has a few, but they seem difficult to pin down these days. The editors of the Quad City Times tried to clarify whether or not Hillary’s previously expressed regret over her secret e-mail server still remained in effect. The previous night’s CNN townhall offered Hillary a chance to reiterate her earlier statement of regret for the secret e-mail system that hid her communications from Congress and the courts, but instead the former Secretary of State said she did nothing wrong. Well, which is it? the QCT editorial board asked.
Hillary is sorry … that she got caught:
QUAD-CITY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD: So it was a mistake because of the reaction.
BOARD: Not because it would have made sense to use a work email for work purposes?
CLINTON: It made sense – look, look – I know that this remains a subject of some interest, obviously. You’re asking me, they asked me last night. The facts have not changed.
Well, no they haven’t, but a lot more of them are coming to light. However, Hillary’s defenses of the e-mail system have evolved significantly since its first exposure almost a year ago. At that time, she insisted that the system had not had any classified material transmitted or stored in it. One thousand, three hundred redactions and counting later, she has had to fall back on Clintonian parsing on “markings,” which she in at least one instance ordered deliberately stripped in order to convert information from secure transmission to her unsecured and unauthorized e-mail.
Besides, the measure of regret can easily be seen in actions, not words. Hillary kept that server well past her time at State, but when the system got exposed, she refused to turn it over or give State the electronic records from it. Instead, she and her legal team deleted half of the e-mails on the system, claiming that they weren’t work related, and then only submitted printouts of the remaining e-mails rather than give investigators the archives in data form. Her team then attempted to wipe the server in order to hide the rest of the data and balked at coughing up the hardware until the FBI demanded it. All of that doesn’t just say “regret” — it speaks loudly to guilt.
The need to maintain an illusion that “all is well” is certainly understandable in a political sense, but it doesn’t make it believable. And when even Hillary Clinton can’t remember where she stands on the regret scale even with a large assist from Chris Cuomo, that goes straight to credibility, too.
For her efforts — if not for her performance — Hillary gets the Scotty P award: