Palmieri

Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri struggled to explain to Bloomberg TV’s Mark Halperin how 30,000 of the former Secretary of State’s emails were deleted.

Palmieri was a guest on With All Due Respect which Halperin co-hosts.

Halperin: We got down to, she said alright I’m going to turn over this 30,000… Then what happened physically what happened?

Palmieri: That I don’t know. I mean the server, I think, I don’t know. I don’t really understand.

Halperin: You don’t know who did the deletion or how they did it?

Palmieri: No, but I know that they went through like the 64,000 emails and divided up those that were personal…

And she’s Clinton’s 2016 campaign communications director?

The email scandal continues to be a problem for Clinton as she has refused to come clean on what really happened and is treating it as a distraction concocted by the vast right-wing conspiracy in an effort to derail her presidential campaign.

But the truth is that it’s her dishonesty and obfuscation that have kept the story alive and has made voters distrustful of her.

Click the link to view the entire segment.

http://bloom.bg/1LaXkcj

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Hillary Clinton, whose book tour hasn’t exactly gone as planned, defended her high college speaking fees by saying she donates those fees to charity- The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Clinton was trying to fend off criticism of the massive wealth she and Bill have accumulated since leaving the White House, when she made her comments to ABC’s Ann Compton.

All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation.

That’s generous of her. While the donated money doesn’t add to her family’s wealth it does keep them in the spotlight and advances their personal agenda which could benefit her if she decides to run for president again in 2016.

Clinton said the point of her speaking tours isn’t to collect money, but to spar debate about income equality- and based on her $200k plus speaking fees makes her the poster child for income inequality. That just shows how out of touch she really is.

Hillary’s college speaking fees have come under fire recently when students as the University of Nevada Las Vegas demanded that she turn down the $225,000 the university is scheduled to pay her for a speech in October. This has led to an investigation of Clinton’s speaking fees at other schools which has shown that she has found the college speaking circuit very lucrative.

It’s been a rough few weeks for the former Secretary of State as she has been criticized for saying that she and Bill were “dead broke” when the left the White House and struggled to pay their mortgages (plural), and that they weren’t “truly rich,” despite earning over $100 million since 2001.

In 2012, the Democrats made a big deal of Mitt Romney’s vast wealth, but at least he built businesses and created jobs. Hillary’s wealth has been created by writing books and giving speeches,- not exactly something that benefits the middle class and gets Americans working again.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is widely rumored to be running for president in 2016, may want to work on her media relation strategy after it was announced that the press will be banned from her speech this weekend at the National Association of Realtors convention in San Francisco.

This isn’t the first time the press has been unwelcome at a Clinton speech- last month she banned the media from her speech before the National Association of Convenience Stores in Atlanta, but it is a troubling trend for such a public figure and potential presidential nominee that she finds it necessary to  declare a media blackout when addressing trade associations.

The press ban does lead to speculation that she isn’t comfortable in certain large venues where she might be questioned about her tenure as Secretary of State and what she really knew about the Benghazi attack.

But is this really the best way to handle the situation?  After all the press is likely to be on her side even if the audiences she is addressing isn’t 100% Democrats, but  if she is planning a run for president she needs to get this issue and others out of the way early, rather than let it run into her campaign- if there is to be one and I think there will be.

The media is also unwelcome for a Clinton Foundation fundraiser in San Francisco, so at least she’s being consistent.

A media blackout only ensures that the mainstream media won’t be privy to her speech first hand, but it doesn’t prevent the 22,000 or so attendees from using their cellphone cameras or tweeting about it in real time.   So it’s really not that effective and only alienates the media which is fine with me.

The State Department tried to pull a fast one on the American public when they announced quietly in December that new passport applications would replace Mother and Father with Parent 1 and Parent 2. 

After word leaked out about the change last week the State Department made a quick tweak by adjusting the language to read Mother or Parent 1 and Father or Parent 2 for first time passports for those 16 and younger.

Of course the gay lobby is ecstatic about the changes as it comes closer to their goal of making everything in the country gender neutral and normalizing their behavior and lifestyle.

“The government is finally recognizing the reality that many children are being raised by same-sex parents,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a group that helped push for the change to the Washington Post. “This is just one form, but there are hundreds of government forms that need to be changed to reflect the realities of the modern family.”

A State Department spokesman told the Post that the changes are just a  “recognition of different types of families.”

This isn’t just a simple change in wording but a deliberate attempt by the goverment to define relationships, including marriage for which they have no real authority.

If the gay lobby can get this change adopted on passport forms what othe government issued forms will be next?  You can bet every single government issued form is on their radar and that they won’t stop until the entire system is gender neutral.

Let me know if there are other government forms that have received the gender neutral makeover.

The votes are mostly in and Barack Obama has decisively defeated John McCain to become the first black president of the United States.

Based on the wide array of candidates that initially ran for president this year from both parties I think it was only a matter of time before a black person or a woman would have been elected to either or both of our country’s highest offices. Prior to 2008 I certainly didn’t think this would be that year.

There will be plenty of what I will call Wednesday morning quarterbacking by pundits and others as to how Obama won or more likely why McCain lost.

Obama won because he had a consistent message of change and he successfully tied McCain to President Bush who isn’t likely to win any awards for good governance.

He also used his incredible charisma to spread his message and gave hope to millions of Americans who wanted to be inspired and uplifted. As Hillary Clinton learned it didn’t matter that there was a severe lack of substance in the message, it sounded great and that’s all that mattered. Also despite associations with dubious characters like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers Obama managed to put on a Teflon shield and watch the criticisms just bounce off without putting any real chinks in the armor. The overwhelming support of the news media helped in this regard as they saw the attacks on Obama using Wright and Ayers as either racist or old news and gave them short shrift by relegating them to the back pages of the newspaper if they covered them at all. But the biggest factor may have been Obama’s ground game. It was crucial in defeating Hillary and proved to be extremely effective as the campaign registered millions of new voters and managed to increase voter turnout in areas that had been long ignored by both parties.

For McCain, the loss can be generally summed up by one word, confusion. After being given up for dead early in the campaign he raced back, snatched the nomination from frontrunner Mitt Romney and began to plot his strategy. The Straight Talk Express of 2000 that so enamored the media when McCain was attacking the Republican establishment all but disappeared as he moderated his views to appeal to conservatives and wound up turning off his former media allies. As for a cohesive campaign strategy I certainly didn’t see one. McCain tried several different tactics but by not sticking to a central theme he couldn’t get any traction. Then there was the general distrust from the conservative base of the GOP that he tried to mollify by selecting Sarah Palin. The selection of Palin while energizing conservatives also set the McCain camp up as an object of ridicule as Palin’s initial media appearances made her look more like a deer caught in the headlights.  Yet despite all the fumbles of the McCain campaign he probably would have one if not for the economic crisis and the blame voters pinned on the GOP for the mess.  This despite the fact the Democrats have controlled congress for two years and many leading Democrats turned a blind eye to the problems because they were receiving campaign donations from these institutions or that they were being run by Democratic sympathizers.  

Now that Obama has won he must get to work quickly. In the next few weeks he will likely select his staff and name his cabinet. By inauguration day he will need to hone his message and add some substance to it. He won’t be able to ride the hope and change message without action for very long.

For conservatives and others who fear a new socialism that remains to be seen. Obama will have large majorities in the House and Senate though not as large as they had hoped so he won’t get everything he wants as long as the Republicans can effectively filibuster in the Senate. With higher taxes, more regulation, and possibly more government control of once private industries the country is certainly headed in that direction.

Voters have purchased the Democratic mansion with a huge mortgage in the sense of entitlements yet to come. The question is can we afford it, and is this new Messiah (as many have compared Obama to) leading us to an Obamageddon?