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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Hillary Dilemma

By: Bill O'Reilly

No matter what kind of controversy engulfs Hillary and Bill Clinton, they have a ready defense: the Clinton-haters are at it again.
And there is some validity to that defense, as the Clintons are the most controversial couple in America and perhaps in the history of this country.
In general, the big mistake the Clintons make is that they do not admit mistakes.
For example, Benghazi.
All former Secretary of State Clinton had to say was that security in Libya was difficult and that she and her staff did not pay close enough attention to the threats that were brought to their attention.
That's a painful admission but mistakes do happen.  Libya is a backwater and Secretary Clinton was gallivanting all over the place.
So her admission and deep apology most likely would have been accepted by most fair-minded people.
Instead, Mrs. Clinton and President Obama stonewalled, angering millions of Americans.
On the email front there is no excuse; it was a calculated deception.
Everybody knows that the calculation the Clintons are making is that most voters won't care.
Now onto the latest brouhaha.
A new book will present circumstantial evidence that Hillary Clinton profited from her position as secretary of state.
She did this because her husband made an enormous amount of money on the lecture circuit while she was in office.
Also, there is evidence that Mrs. Clinton may have acted favorably to some concerns that donated big money to the Clinton Foundation.
While a designated charity, the foundation pays a lot of bills for Bill and Hillary, as well as for their daughter Chelsea.
Talking Points does not know if there is overwhelming evidence of donations for favors.
Already some are saying Mrs. Clinton should be indicted like Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
At this point that is an overstatement and one that helps the Clinton campaign. 
JOHN PODESTA, CHAIRMAN OF HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN: "It's a book that's written by a former Bush operative who's a reporter for that august news institution,, or has been in the past.  He's cherry-picked information that's been disclosed, and woven a bunch of conspiracy theories about it.  The facts, there's nothing new about." 
The author of the book Peter Schweizer did help President Bush the younger write speeches.
He is also an editor at large at Breitbart News, a conservative website.
But that does not diminish what Mr. Schweizer is saying.
Again, the charges will have to be vetted and big media such as The New York Times, Washington Post, as well as Fox News are doing that.
One bad sign for Hillary Clinton is that a character assassin David Brock is being used by her campaign to attack the credibility of the book.
There are few Americans lower than Brock, who is a known smear merchant.
If the Clinton campaign is going to use people like David Brock, major problems will develop.
With the Democratic Party fully committed to Hillary Clinton all of these controversies will get attention, but in the end it comes down to the American voter.
We are living in a country that is now largely fed up with politics and many have turned away from public policy, descending into trivial pursuits mostly in social media.
So it is easier for politicians to overcome dubious situations than it used to be.
Talking Points will be fair to Hillary Clinton, but right now her profile has been damaged and she needs to address all the controversies with serious media people ... and soon. 
And that's the memo.

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