Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Curry On Malloy, Clinton


“Character is much easier kept than recovered” – Thomas Paine

According to a story appearing in the Waterbury Republican American, “Former state Comptroller Bill Curry, the 1994 and 2002 Democratic nominee for Governor, was even more direct. ‘No one under any cloud of investigation is on any serious list for any appointment in any White House. It simply isn’t worth the enormous political and moral hazard,’ he said. Mr. Curry was a White House adviser to Mrs. Clinton’s husband," former President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Curry believes that Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has no chance – zip – of acquiring a position in the administration of future President Hillary Clinton. 

To date, some news commentators in Connecticut have supposed that Mr. Malloy’s abysmally low approval rating – a disappointing 23 percent, according to the most recent Quinnipiac Poll -- and the Governor’s recent selection as the head of the Democratic Governor’s National Campaign Committee point to a possible role in national politics, a life-line reaching from bottom-of-the-barrel Connecticut to political Heaven; might not Mr. Malloy consider a position in the Clinton Administration as U.S. Attorney General in charge of common-sense gun regulation?

Mr. Curry has been shouting encouraging words to “populist progressives” from the Bernie Sanders bandwagon in the pages of Salon, a left of center magazine, ever since the current Presidential campaign began, a pursuit he has put behind him now that Mr. Sanders has disappointingly  endorsed Mrs. Clinton as President. You win some, you lose some. Mr. Curry, currently writing a book on progressivism and populism, never-the-less remains a shrewd and colorful commentator on the public scene.

It is quite true that Governor Dannel Malloy remains under a “cloud of investigation” by the FBI among others – owing to campaign documents that plainly skirted Connecticut’s Clean Election laws. However, there is a saving “but.”

Mr. Curry knows the Clintons well enough, if not intimately. To be sure, he is no Huma Abedin, perhaps Mrs. Clinton’s closest confidant. Mrs. Clinton has endured a lifetime of investigations similar to the one hanging over the head of Connecticut’s progressive Governor. The lady has emerged from a multi-decade swamp of scrutiny with her political career, if not her political character, largely intact.  Mrs. Clinton is, after all, the Democratic Party nominee for President.

Mr. Curry may be relieved he is NOT Ms. Abadin.  Here is a recent headline from Judicial Watch, which is to Mrs. Clinton what the Furies were to Orestes: “New Abedin Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton State Department Gave Special Access to Top Clinton Foundation Donors.” And the lede: “Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the Secretary of State. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.”

Politicians tend to unburden themselves plainly in emails directed to trusted associates within the magic circle of incumbency. When the emails are flushed out, most of them end up sounding like cheap imitations of “Give’em Hell” Harry Truman. And of course such communications are not meant for the prying eyes of political opponents and the general public which, according to multiple polls, believes that politicians, even in their more saintly moments, are dissembling frauds. Mrs. Clinton’s Trust Factor is way low. Her unfavorable rating is 53.5 percent, according to a recent Real Clear Politics combination poll The nature of Mrs. Clinton's leaked emails does not help at all. The FBI, which declined to prosecute Mrs. Clinton, recently uncovered a cache of 14,900 previously undisclosed documents, “nearly 50 percent more than the roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton’s lawyers deemed work-related and returned to the department in December 2014.”

The Clinton cover-up attempt, increasingly unsuccessful, continues apace. The Associated Press (AP), never among those accused by Mrs. Clinton of attempting to obstruct her inexorable four decade march to the White House, spent three years attempting to acquire from Clinton stonewallers the lady’s calendar and schedule. And, of course, poisonous emails continue to leech out of the Clinton cesspool. The protective stone wall erected by Mrs. Clinton to prevent transparency and media access now has been breached, though it has been a long time coming.

Mr. Malloy also has an email problem.  Mr. Malloy and the state Democratic Party, some speculate, arranged a deal with Connecticut’s State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) to pay a hefty $325,000 penalty rather than to continue a court case that might have required the Malloy administration to turn over possibly incriminating emails during a discovery process. The ploy may prove a temporary reprieve – for the FBI has now poked its nose into Mr. Malloy’s tent.

Can the camel be far behind?


Here's the "but" Mr. Curry might want to explore in future Salon columns: But Mrs. Clinton's tent, large enough to accompany a herd of camels, may have room in it for Mr. Malloy's smaller tent, and birds of a feather...



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