When you’re credibly accused of selling government influence to enemy powers in exchange for truckloads of cash, the obvious response is to ask your allies to give you truckloads of cash too. If you’re a sociopath, I mean; if not, you should probably apologize, return the money, and quietly retire to reflect on what you’ve become.
I wonder if there’s an infinite-regression element to this tactic. Like, will the next fundraising e-mail from Podesta point to conservative blogs complaining about today’s fundraising e-mail, urging Hillary fans to “strike back at the right” by sending her their gold fillings?
In the message, campaign Chairman John Podesta asks Clinton backers to rally around their candidate as “a former Republican operative with ties to a Koch-funded organization … uses allegations and conspiracy theories to stitch together a false narrative about Hillary without producing a single shred of evidence.”
It’s the first Clinton fundraising e-mail to reference the book Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer, and also includes two of the same talking points sent to Clinton allies earlier this week: summaries of stories debunking some of the book’s claims, published by Time and Yahoo News…
“We’re only two weeks into the election and we’re already up against these baseless attacks,” Podesta writes. “If we don’t fight back now, we send a signal to our opponents that we’ll shrivel in the face of whatever will follow.”…
In a sign of the Clinton team’s reliance on the same kind of data practices that the Obama campaign used, the e-mail was sent out with at least two distinct subject lines: “There’s just no evidence” and “Have Hillary’s back against these baseless attacks.”
Maybe that explains why the Clinton Foundation insists on accepting new foreign donations even while Hillary runs for president. Not only will the “charity” keep making a killing, but every time there’s a shady new quid pro quo with some dictator somewhere, Team Hillary can turn around and beg schmuck Democrats to defend her from GOP criticism by kicking in some fresh campaign cash. Any cheap grifter can make money illicitly, but it takes an expert to make money in two different ways from the same grift. And let’s face it, this is a natural strategy for Hillary: When she’s not talking about strong women and shattering the glass ceiling, she’s hiding behind why-is-everyone-so-mean-to-me victimhood. Those are the two sides of her coming “first woman president” campaign pitch. Begging lefty suckers to fork over money in indignation that this fabulously rich family and its fabulously rich “charity” are being challenged for accepting some fabulously lucrative donations from foreigners at curious times is vintage Hillary. This can only end with Iran donating $100 million to the Clinton Foundation on the eve of final nuke negotiations to “fight Republican lies.”
Anyway, none of this will matter. Here’s Seth Meyers reassuring late-night viewers that they don’t need to pay attention to it because Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash,” is a “Republican operative.” Who, by the way, is also preparing a takedown of top GOP candidate Jeb Bush.