Dear Commons Community,
As we get ready for a holiday weekend with family and friends, we can be sure there will be conversation about what was Bill Clinton thinking when he boarded a plane in Phoenix to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The fallout from his meeting has been fast and furious. Here is one account from, Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, Ryan Grim.
“Back in April, Slate’s Michelle Goldberg offered the Hillary Clinton campaign some sage advice: “Fire Bill Clinton.”
The Clinton campaign declined to take her suggestion, but perhaps they should give it another look.
Bill Clinton is one of the most talented politicians of the past century, but his supposedly infallible skills continue to fail him when put in the service of someone other than himself.
On Monday, Clinton was on a tarmac in Phoenix when he learned that the attorney general, Loretta Lynch, would soon be on the same tarmac. He delayed his flight so he could try to meet with her. He asked for a meeting, boarded her plane and chatted for about 30 minutes.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart asked Lynch if there was one important thing she wished former Attorney General Eric Holder had told her. “Where the lock on the plane door was,” Lynch deadpanned.
She needed refuge from Clinton, of course, because the FBI is nearing the end of what has long seemed like an endless investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of an insecure private server for her official email as secretary of state. Now, it’s fine to believe that the investigation itself is over-the-top, but whatever your view on its merits, the investigation exists. For Bill Clinton to meet with the attorney general, who has final authority over whether to bring charges, toward the end of this investigation corrupts the process and casts doubt about the integrity of the outcome.”
Dumb, dumb, dumb and a surprise from such an intelligent and politically savvy individual.