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Hillary Clinton: "But My Emails"

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To all the neoliberal corporate shills out there who preferred competency and sanity over fascism and utter madness in the 2016 election, this one is for you:

You have to give it to the former Secretary of State. She's managing to see the humor in all of this despite the fact that she was subjected to the most vile smear campaign in political history by a sexual predator who had (and has) no business being anywhere near the White House, and then had her candidacy hijacked at the last minute by a Republican voting FBI director for a non-existent crime. As my late colleague Chez Pazienza wrote in one of the most viewed articles ever posted on the Banter, Hillary Clinton has been the target of right wing hysteria since she dared to offer he own opinions in public while being married to Bill Clinton:

From the very beginning of her time in the national political limelight, she was vilified for refusing to simply sit back and be an ornament on the White House Christmas tree, as she was apparently supposed to. And when she ventured out into her own separate political career, what was considered calculating but somehow forgivable from her husband became merely calculating — and nefariously so — from her. Bill was allowed to be Slick Willy. Hillary was just a rotten to the core. The Clintons’ political enemies were never shy about manufacturing every kind of conspiratorial scandal under the sun to attempt to hang around the couple’s necks. As The Atlantic wrote just a few days ago, no other political figures in American history have spawned “the creation of a permanent multimillion-dollar cottage industry devoted to attacking them.” (And this is noteworthy in and of itself when we consider the viciousness with which the right despises any Clinton.) But Hillary always got the worst of it, because, again, she lacked the boyish, “aw-shucks” charm of her husband and because she was seen as the nakedly ambitious one in the Clintons’ rocket ride to political stardom, someone who engineered her own political climb through her merely practical marriage to Bill. Whereas we normally think of presidential political scandals as involving the person in office and no one else, Clinton-haters made sure that Hillary was not only lumped in with the president but that she was part of whatever “scheme” they had seized upon and inflated — so Whitewater and Bill’s wandering eye during those early years weren’t simply a crisis of character within Bill himself but were also Hillary’s problem. They made sure to highlight her involvement in the land deal the GOP attempted to turn into a high crime within the White House and it was her fault her husband was a serial philanderer, as she either caused her husband’s infidelity or was corrupt enough to stick by her man amidst the allegations (always cynically and only for the sake of her own political gain).

I've never really warmed to Hillary Clinton as a politician, but with each day I respect her more and more. After this tweet, I'm actually starting to like her too. She's one tough cookie, and my guess is she'll have the last laugh when this horror show finally comes to a close.