When Bill (“I gotta pay our bills”) Clinton is not the worst defender of his wife’s ethics, there is a problem. Indeed, an even worse messenger came in the person of a foreign billionaire:
A Clinton Foundation supporter on Wednesday lashed out at media coverage of the organization and the Clintons — calling it “a political assassination process” — and urged the foundation to more forcefully defend itself.
“I was in the U.S. 10 days ago. I opened the newspaper and I was shocked to see these attacks on the foundation,” said telecom billionaire Mo Ibrahim, as he sat beside Bill Clinton during the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting here. . . . “Personally, I disagree with that because as long as everything is declared — we know where the money is coming from and where it is going from, as long as no there are political favors that are given to people who are making donations,” he said. “Actually, they were not in the past in position to make any political favors. Of course, if Madam Hillary becomes the president, the situation would have to be different.”
Bill Clinton, sitting on the same panel pleaded, “‘I just work here, I don’t know,’ prompting some nervous laughter from the audience.” Nothing like a foreign billionaire lecturing us that giving money to enhance the profile of a wannabe president is no problem, but a sitting president is another matter.
Then we saw that not everyone in the Obama administration is keen on defending her. The Hill reports:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account run through a private server was “not acceptable” and happened without officials’ knowledge, a top State Department record-keeper said on Wednesday.
“I think the message is loud and clear that that is not acceptable,” Joyce Barr, the State Department’s assistant secretary for the bureau of administration, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Yes, we know that, but this is the first robust admission. Hillary Clinton still has not apologized or, of course, turned over the server that never should have been employed.
Clinton has just one official opponent, and it should not be surprising that she continues to lead the only declared socialist in the Senate. Polls show her favorability numbers stink. (“As the 2016 campaign gets underway, she’s being viewed as a political figure once again, which is being reflected in her tempered numbers compared to a few years ago when she was a very popular secretary of state. And this much is true in both [Wall Street Journal/NBC News and New York Times/CBS] polls: A significant share of Americans have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton, and a sizable number have questions about her honesty.”)
And in comparison with Republicans — pay attention, Clinton defenders! — she has managed in New Hampshire to fall behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush (whom she led by more than 20 points at one time) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The pollster observes, “In the seven trial heats, Clinton beats only Cruz and Huckabee among undeclared/independent registered voters in the sample, by 8 points and 4 points, respectively. In last year’s poll, Clinton beat Huckabee by 13 points among undeclared voters. She also beat Paul by 5 points, Christie by 3 points, and Bush by 21 points. This year Bush beat Clinton among undeclared voters by 9 points.”
For now, most Democrats are content to let her roll along, oblivious to the potential that outside the liberal echo chamber she has become the embodiment of political elites — filthy rich, refusing to follow the rules, blind to her own ethical problems and convinced the whole thing will just die down. (Remember, she has yet to take questions on “Clinton Cash” or face a debate moderator.) Republicans would be wise to pray she remains the inevitable nominee.