Clinton Aide Inadvertently Admits Hillary's Not Fit For Presidency231 Comments
As of Thursday morning, Jennifer Palmieri was employed as communications director for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Whether she still has that job on Friday morning after indicting her boss' qualifications to be president remains to be seen.
On Wednesday, Palmieri appeared on Bloomberg Television's "With All Due Respect," where she told co-host John Heilemann that Clinton "didn't really think it through " when she decided to use her personal email account for State Department business.
Yes, just what America needs — a president and commander in chief who has a history of not really thinking through important decisions that can have an impact on national security.
Of all the things we've heard and learned this week about the Clinton email scandal, Palmieri's statement is the most revealing. When a trusted aide admits her boss, who craves the presidency and all its power, has used poor judgment in a critical situation, the public should take note. This isn't a Republican saying this, or a Democratic challenger. It's from someone who, presumably, is in close association with Clinton every day and has been for some time. It's from someone who's observed the former secretary of state operate in public and private and has inside information that few have.
Palmieri, a veteran of both the Clinton and Obama White Houses, of course did not mean for her statement to be an indictment of Clinton. She was merely doing what communications directors do when their bosses get in trouble — try to make it seem as if the trouble isn't really so bad.
Often spokesmen will invent "facts" and dream up the overwhelming circumstances that led a politician into a tight spot. But whether she intended to condemn her boss or not, Palmieri is nevertheless right: Clearly Clinton "didn't really think it through."
Clinton has enough trouble without her allies giving her more. Each day brings a new set of problems related to her personal email account and private server. Just in the last day we've learned that the investigation into her personal email account is likely to widen and will probably grow beyond merely emails and into what type of device she used for State Department business. It appears that she used personal devices rather than State Department-issued devices that are more secure.
Didn't think it through. Poor judgment. What difference does it make?
Quite a lot, if the person who isn't thinking clearly and can't make good decisions is president of the United States. We don't believe the country needs someone who doesn't really think it through when she gets that 3 a.m. phone call.