Is Hillary Clinton a political liability for Democrats?

“Late Monday night, the New York Times’ Michael Schmidt reported that Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, only used a personal email address for conducting official business. It’s just the latest in a string of negative stories that have put Clinton on the defensive—and should make Democrats extremely concerned about her uncontested path to the nomination,” writes Danny Vinik for the New Republic.

The Times claims that during her time at the State Department, Clinton broke federal regulations about email use. “Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act,” Schmidt wrote. That may not be precisely true: The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky discovered that the Federal Records Act only required Clinton to preserve copies of her emails, which Clinton appears to have done. It wasn’t until October 2014—a year and a half after Clinton left office—that the State Department finally issued specific instructions for employee record management.

Vinik adds:

Clinton herself isn’t speaking. As a still-unofficial presidential candidate, she doesn’t feel compelled to answer questions about this latest damaging report. But she should—because it’s starting to appear that Clinton is far less prepared for a presidential run than anyone expected.

Today’s Question: Is Hillary Clinton a political liability for Democrats?

  • No. We do have a few liabilities, but Hillary is not one of them.
    Now the Republicans on the other hand are a party full of liabilities.

  • Sue de Nim

    If that’s all it takes to disqualify Hillary, but the elder Bush wasn’t disqualified because of his part in the Iran Contra scandal… Can you say, “double standard”?

    • Pearly

      Oh snap.

  • John Dilligaf

    Look at the hypocrisy. Turns out, the State Department forced a U.S. ambassador from his position in 2012 for using — wait for it — a private email account. That’s right: While the head of the department, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ran an illicit email server from her New York home, the State Department berated Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration for using Gmail. “The inspector general’s report specifically noted that Gration violated State Department policy by using a private, unsanctioned e-mail service for official business,” Sean Davis writes. “In its executive summary listing its key judgments against the U.S. ambassador to Kenya who served under Hillary Clinton, the inspector general stated that Gration’s decision to willfully violate departmental information security policies highlighted Gration’s ‘reluctance to accept clear-cut U.S. Government decisions.’ The report claimed that this reluctance to obey governmental security policies was the former ambassador’s ‘greatest weakness.'” While Gmail has decent security, Clinton’s email account left her information vulnerable to hackers.

    This double standard is just the latest, apart from the multitude of other things each of the Clintons have done to disqualify them from any respect, or respectable position.

  • Pearly
  • whitedoggie44

    all democrats are liabilities for the future of our democracy

  • Liz WarrenPres

    when will America wake up and ask, “Where was Hillary when our Ambassador in Libya was being murdered and the consulate burned?” Oh wait! we don’t even know where our Commander in Chief was at that time..no one knows?”
    Where was Obama when an American journalist was beheaded? He was on the golf course less than 5 minutes after the announcement. Lead from behind is really to hide or be reluctantly dragged along. Some leadership from a grassroots organizer huh? And Hillary has accomplished exactly what while Secretary? She traveled a lot and succeeded at what? The Arab spring was also part of her doing with the help of the Ford Foundation. Oh, and she collected hundreds of millions from countries that deny women rights..what an accomplishment that was?
    Lets count the great things she has done with any real beneficial results beyond collecting money for the Clinton Foundation that still can’t account for where all the millions went. Counting_ ( sound of crickets is deafening)