And why would they even have to break this rule? It’s not as though without guidance from the Clinton campaign, her super PAC would have suddenly announced that there are plenty of unanswered questions and many more shoes to drop in the various Clinton scandals. The Clintons are proving they don’t think anything is too small to lie about and that no rule that should be left unbroken. If there is a way to get around the prohibition on campaigns and super PACs coordinating, leave it to the Clintons to show us the way.
It is bad enough we have such a convoluted campaign system, but when a super PAC is essentially laundering talking points so that the campaign and the super PAC can say the same dumb things, we have reached a new low. Like everything else with Clinton, I am sure they will rely on the defense that it was “legal at the time” or that it is “allowed.” But this behavior plays exactly to Clinton’s negative stereotype; that she is shifty, used to ignoring the rules and dishonest. If you can’t even be honest about how you issue pedantic talking points, what can you be honest about?
The Clinton campaigns’ instinct for deception and bias toward skirting the rules — even on simple things — probably says a lot about how Clinton would govern as president. Clinton seems to think that politics is all about lies. It’s a very Nixonian mentality. It appears if there is a forthright way to do something and a sneaky way to do something, she will always pick the sneaky way, no matter how innocuous the issue. Would it be so hard for her to even occasionally give the appearance of trying to do things in an uncontrived, matter-of-fact, honest way? Maybe the Clintons have reached a new level, where they hope voters will become numb to all the lies and start to think that one more doesn’t matter.