How should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the
By now, you may have heard about
The book isn't even out yet, and Clinton's team is already sheltering in place like Churchill's cabinet during the Blitz. That's in part because Schweizer, a conservative author and dogged investigative journalist, has teamed up with notorious right-wing rags
Because it would be absurd to claim that these papers are part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" -- which won't stop flacks from saying it -- they are much better equipped to drop the payload over the target.
It's hard to boil down the Times' deeply detailed account, but the broad brushstrokes are as follows: A Canadian business wanted to sell its uranium mines in
In order to grease the skids -- allegedly, of course -- Canadian uranium moguls
Also, when she became secretary of state,
There are other allegations in this story and, more important, there are many more such stories to come (according to several people who've read the book).
So again: How should we think about all of this? One place not to look for answers is the Clinton leviathan and its sundry remoras. For starters, no matter what the allegation, the Clinton response is always to shoot the messengers and point to the alleged misdeeds of somebody else.
They have other familiar tactics as well. With the Clintons, the freshest evidence is instantly "old news."
There's also the long and storied Clinton fondness for lying. For instance, nearly every claim in Hillary's press conference about her stealth server has been debunked, starting with her insistence she followed all of the rules.
In short, simply taking her word alone would be preposterous, particularly for journalists who aren't supposed to take any politician's word for anything, even ones who don't suspiciously delete thousands of "personal" emails.
Still, I suspect that the conclusion that this was all simply about payoffs probably misses the mark. Sure, the Clintons like money. That's obvious. But the money is incidental to what's really behind all of this: a mixture of entitlement and machine politics.
The Clintons are like the Tudors of the Ozarks. They believe they are royalty, but they also understand that even monarchs need friends.
Even if Hillary hadn't conveniently wiped her servers clean, I suspect there wouldn't be a lot of emails about quid-pro-quos. Such transactions aren't made in the language of the bazaar, but in the lingua franca of loyalty, friendship and noblesse oblige. Yes,