She’s on the run, so to speak, from investigations into her hidden emails, hasn’t even declared herself a candidate for 2016 yet and her once formidable approval ratings are rapidly tumbling.
Hillary Clinton’s email problems are taking a bite out of her approval ratings, raising the GOP’s confidence that she can be defeated in 2016.
A new poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University found Clinton trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Sunshine State and enjoying only a 2 percentage point lead over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
In February, she led both — with a 10-point lead on Rubio.
The same poll found Clinton ahead of the GOP field in the must-win state of Pennsylvania but with only a 1-point lead over Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). And her favorability rating in both states has plummeted, by 4 points in Florida and 6 points in the Keystone State.
Quinnipiac pollster Peter A. Brown attributed the figures to news stories about Clinton’s decision not to use a government email address while she served as secretary of State, saying it was “taking a toll” on her public image.
The glaring inability to tell the truth, the avoiding of reporters and the constant lies have taken a toll. Let’s face it, are we ready as a nation to have a candidate running for president while staring at a possible indictment?
It is hard to see how Clinton’s determination to remain largely silent about the new revelations regarding her email conduct and the Clinton Foundation’s unethical fundraising practices is helping to make these dueling scandals disappear. As the slow drip of information regarding her conduct goes unchallenged by Clinton, the 2016 electorate is increasingly showing signs of apprehension about her suitability for the presidency.
It’s probably going to come down to a court order for her to turn over the evidence. Her only defense after that, quite predictably, will be it’s a war on women, or sexism. Are we really prepared for this? Democrats might want to think long and hard about running someone facing an indictment. It’s their choice.
Equally preposterous is her insistence that she could make her own rules, while also claiming she followed the letter and spirit of government rules. She did it her way because she thought the rules, like the truth, are flexible and that if she got caught, she’d get away with it.
Well, she’s been caught, and now the question is whether she gets away with it. That’s the challenge before the White House and Congress.
So far, the Obamas are straddling the fence. They’ve carefully avoided giving full approval to what she did, with State Department aides saying they didn’t know she was using a private server until after she left office.
The department had requested all official e-mails be preserved, but accepted her claim that she deleted 30,000 personal ones before turning over printed versions of about 30,000 others. She and her lawyer say everybody will have to take her word for what was in those that were deleted.
She also says the server “will remain private” and the lawyer says that all the e-mails were permanently deleted and that the server is now “clean.”
That puts the final burden on the Republican Congress, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, is meeting it head on. After Clinton rebuffed his request to give the server to an independent examiner, Gowdy on Tuesday offered her a private interview, presumably under oath, as well as a later, public one.
In a sly reference to Watergate, he said in a letter to Clinton’s lawyer that his panel wants to know “what the Secretary did, when she did it and why she did it.”
She’s ready … for a perpwalk.