What were those poll numbers about Hillary Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness again? The presumed Democrat frontrunner did a local interview in Iowa yesterday where she was asked yet again about the Top Secret emails on her bathroom closet server. As usual, she stuck to her long since debunked story about the classification issue being one of different departments wanting to classify things differently from one time period to another. But this time she added a touching personal note to the story, telling the reporter how some supporter she met on the rope line while shaking hands had explained it brilliantly. (Fox News)
The best explanation I heard of this I heard yesterday in Des Moines from a man I was shaking hands with… He said, “This is like you drive through the same intersection for four years and the speed limit is 35 and then you move out of town and they change the speed limit to 25. And then they start sending tickets to people who drove while the speed limit was 35 over 25.”
Well, that’s a pretty good analogy if I do say so myself. It doesn’t really apply in any way, shape or form to the reality of her particular email scandal, but it’s a nice story nonetheless. Easy for the common man to wrap his head around, right? Except for one problem. As several reporters quickly noticed, the story sounded rather familiar. In fact, it’s almost word for word what she said three weeks ago during a meeting with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register.
“I don’t, I think it should be resolved by pointing out that there were no classified materials sent or received by me. And that should answer any questions anyone has. If you’re going to be retroactively classifying materials that’s an impossible standard. You know it’d be like somebody in the Department of Transportation setting speed limits that had cameras where cars were going down a road, and pictures of license plates were being taken and let’s say the speed limit was 35. And then retroactively the police say that speed limit should’ve been 25, so let’s go back and look at anybody who drove down that road and exceeded 25, we need to follow up on that.
Is it even possible that some random supporter told her that story on a rope line? Normally I’d have to allow some benefit of the doubt and say that nearly any coincidence is possible in an infinite universe, but I’m calling Horse Hockey on this one. Let’s just say for a moment that Random Dude One at her event chose to use that analogy. There’s only one place he could have heard it. Wouldn’t he have said that he’d read her interview and agreed with her that it was like the speeding ticket scenario?
But we can take it one step further here. Whether the theoretical supporter read about it from her quote in the paper or dreamed it up himself against odds longer than winning the Powerball jackpot, Clinton is claiming that she heard about it from him. Even if we take her at her word, that means that the woman is so addled that she can’t even recall a conversation she had in the past few weeks with the biggest paper in the state where she’s currently running in a heated race. Is that what Secretary Clinton would prefer we believe?
She was making that story up to try to sell her email alibi and spinning it out of whole cloth. In some circles that’s still referred to as “lying.”
Here’s the video of the Fox coverage with the full background.