Benghazi. A private email server. Whitewater.
All scandals with the name Clinton attached. Ever since the Clinton’s came to Washington more than 20 years ago, controversy has plagued the power couple, who have built a very loyal following right along side a long list of enemies.
Now as the former First Lady, senator from New York, and former Secretary of State makes her case to be President of the United States, she faces an unexpectedly tough battle from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has attracted support from Americans who are tired of business as usual in Washington.
It has widely been assumed that the Democratic Party nomination was Hillary’s to lose.
But with polls showing more and more voters supporting non-mainstream candidates like Sanders (and billionaire Donald Trump on the Republican side), there are concerns that, despite her gravitas, Hillary’s credibility gap has weakened her hold on Democrats.
Can Hillary Take ’13 Hours’ of Truth?
Kirsten Powers – USA Today
Democratic partisans have seized on the new movie13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which portrays the fateful night that left four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, dead….
But sure to anger Obama administration supporters are the fleeting, but damning, references to the absurd assertion that the attack grew out of a YouTube video protest as well as scenes exposing blood-boiling bureaucratic incompetence and negligence both before and after the attack began.
Perhaps nothing has caused more consternation than a scene depicting the CIA bureau chief giving the men a “stand down” order when they sought permission to save Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has blasted this as “clearly at odd with the facts.”
“The words were said to me. I heard him say, ‘Stand down’,” [CIA contractor, who survivied that night, John “Tig”] Tiegen told me.
Don’t Look for “13 Hours” to Dent Clinton’s Campaign
George E. Condon Jr. – The National Journal
Conservatives can’t hide their hope that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the movie released this past weekend about the 2012 attack, helps them defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
But we’ve seen this movie before. And Republicans aren’t going to be too happy with the ending. Almost from the first talkie, Hollywood directors have thought they could use their moviemaking skills to influence voters. And almost without exception, they have been disappointed.
America Rising, the anti-Clinton group, co-hosted a Washington screening last Friday, claiming that 13 Hours is “the movie Hillary Clinton doesn’t want you to see.” … Roger Stone, a sometime adviser to Trump, tweeted a question: “Will@13hours film end @HillaryClinton’s presidential bid?”
The answer, based on the history of movies and politics, is an almost certain “no.”
Email Scandal Puts Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Aspirations in Peril
Ben Wolfgang – The Washington Times
Hillary Clinton is vehemently disputing new charges that she sent top-secret information from a nonsecure email account while at the State Department, but analysts say the scandal has already damaged her so deeply that her presidential ambitions are at risk.
Mrs. Clinton’s messages contained some information classified above “top secret,” the intelligence community’s inspector general said in a letter to Congress this week…. Specialists say that voters on the fence in the Democratic primary election may very well take the email scandal — and the larger questions about Mrs. Clinton’s honesty — into account when picking a candidate.
“The problem for Hillary Clinton is that there are alternatives to her candidacy in Bernie Sanders. This is why polls of Democrats don’t think Sanders can win [the general election] but are willing to vote for him anyway,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, [a political science professor at the University of Houston who specializes in political leadership.]
Hillary Clinton’s Lifetime Cause
Ann Lewis – USA Today
Income inequality is a leading issue in this presidential campaign, which is excellent. Some in the media seem to think Hillary Clinton is new or insufficiently committed to solving this problem. As someone who’s known Hillary for a very long time, that’s an impression I’m happy to correct.
Remember, this is the same woman who spent a summer during law school investigating the working conditions of migrant farm workers, compiling evidence to hold their bosses accountable for their health and safety….
Of course, inequality in our country isn’t just economic – it has a long history of being racial, too. That’s why Hillary went undercover in Alabama, posing as a young mom trying to find an all-white school for her child to prove that segregation still persisted and to end the tax-exempt status enjoyed by schools that discriminated against African-American kids.
Hillary Clinton: The Cure for Citizens United Is More Democracy
Hillary Clinton – CNN
We need more transparency in our politics.
In the last three elections, more than $600 million in donations came from unknown, untraceable sources. That’s a lot of secret, unaccountable money. As president, I’ll require federal contractors to fully disclose their political spending.
I’ll call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to require that publicly traded companies do the same. And I’ll fight for legislation requiring the disclosure of all significant political donations, no matter where they come from or who they benefit.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offer Democrats an imperfect choice
David Horsey – Los Angeles Times
…[T]here is unease among more than a few Democrats who are not thrilled by their choices in the 2016 presidential contest.
Sanders’ ideas have stirred the ideological fervor of old progressives and young millennials…. But, though he is reasonably lovable in a grandfatherly way, Sanders is not stealing Democratic hearts like the youthful Robert Kennedy did….
Hillary, meanwhile, has the solid loyalty of veteran feminists and the affection of most black voters, but others are not so eager to relive the Clinton melodramas, nor are they convinced that a second Clinton White House would not cozy up to Wall Street the way the first one did. And younger voters do not necessarily see her as an agent of change, even if she would be the first female president.