I have been spending the day in WikiLeaks Hell. Well, not hell exactly. It’s just hard on the eyes.
I decided on Wednesday that instead of reading what other people are reporting about these Podesta emails WikiLeaks released, I’d check them out myself.
For the last three days I have spent hours combing through them. It’s been particularly eye-opening to say the least.
Plus, it made me all manner of happy to see that yesterday, I scooped Breitbart on the the TPP flip-flop by about six hours.
So, clearly getting a headache in my left eye was worth it.
Today, I decided to focus on when the email scandal first broke on the scene.
I sorted the Podesta emails by send-date and went to the ones from early March 2015 which is around the time the private server story broke in the news. And, boy, is there a flurry of correspondences over that – mostly damage-control and the like.
As they were preparing for Hillary’s press conference at the UN on March 11, 2015, the back and forth over her statement and possible Q&A is extensive.
Take a look at everyone who was involved in giving input on Hillary’s UN statement:
From: Robby Mook
To: Heather Samuelson
Cc: Cheryl Mills, jim.margolis, Jennifer Palmieri, Kristina Schake, Nick Merrill, Huma Abedin, john.podesta, Philippe Reines, Turner, Katherine, Joel Benenson, Mandy Grunwald, John Anzalone
None of this is particularly suprising. By this point we all know that everything Hillary says is carefully run past dozens of people from lawyers to pollsters to political hacks.
What’s mind-boggling is that this sort of “PR by committee” isn’t reserved just for the big stuff.
Even the most frivolous and inconsequential things have to be reviewed and poll-tested.
For example. I found a lengthy exchange involving a slew of people discussing exactly what Hillary’s tweet should say.
A tweet for heaven’s sake.
Nick, John, Cheryl & I just hung up, this is final & cleared with State. HRC approved.
Please send now:
I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said whey will review them for release as soon as possible.
All that hard work and nobody noticed the final tweet said, “whey” instead of “they?”
The funniest part of that chain is Philippe Reines replying “Nice work everyone.”
I don’t know what made me laugh harder. His praising the “nice work” in composing a single 140-character tweet that included a typo. Or that he doesn’t seem to find it peculiar that it takes a dozen people to compose a single 140-character tweet.
Hillary loves to mock Donald Trump for his tweeting. Now, thanks to WikiLeaks, we know that it takes a battalion of people to compose one single tweet on Hillary’s timeline.
Come on! It’s hilarious!
At least Trump is capable of writing his own tweets without a committee giving their advice and rewrite suggestions.
But it’s not just tweets.
You want another crazy example?
There’s even an email exchange from March 3, 2015 about adding a joke line about the email scandal in Hillary’s Emily’s List speech.
Yes, the committee has to discuss whether or not Hillary should crack a joke.
Check out these pertinent exchanges:
From Jennifer Palmieri:
Greetings. I wanted to float idea of HRC making a joke about the email situation at the Emily’s List dinner tonight. What do folks think about that?
Kristina Schake replied:
I think it would be good for her to show some humor. This is her crowd so the response would be great. Also Dan is looking to add more humor overall so more jokes are welcome too.
But here’s the one that made me shake my head.
From Mandy Grunwald:
Margolis and I discussed.
We don’t know what’s in the emails, so we are nervous about this.
Might get a big laugh tonight and regret it when content of emails is disclosed.
Again take a look at how many people were involved in this earth-shattering discussion about whether or not Hillary should make a joke.
From: Joel Benenson
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM
To: Mandy Grunwald
Cc: “[email protected], Nick Merrill, [email protected], Jim Margolis, [email protected], “[email protected], Philippe Reines, [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: Re: HRC joke on emails at Emily’s List
Speaking of jokes.
How many Hillary sycophants does it take to decide whether Hillary should make a joke in a speech?
If anything, reading through all this gives me a pretty good idea of who would actually be calling the shots and making the policy in a Hillary presidency.
And it wouldn’t be Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She’s programmed like a robot.
No wonder her paid speeches reveal an entirely different Hillary Clinton.
The truth is, Hillary the candidate probably bears no resemblance to Hillary the actual person.
And we all know why. Hillary the actual person is so detestable, nobody would consider voting for her.
Hillary the candidate is a poll-tested concoction carefully created by an army of PR flacks, communications directors, attorneys and think-tank sycophants.
No wonder she is incapable of making a meaningful connection to the American people.
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