We all know how it works: If you are a politician who outpaces your opponent in money and lustrous fame, you hide-out during elections, contextualize yourself by feeding the media tons of approving releases put together by a faithful staff -- and await reelection.
Dick Blumenthal, presently Connecticut’s Senior U.S. Senator, is such a person. A millionaire by marriage and an incumbent, he has the riches of King Croesus in his campaign kitty. His Republican opponent, Dan Carter, is the poor boy of the current campaign for the U.S. Senate. According to a recent report in CTMirror, “Blumenthal’s campaign reported having more than $5.3 million in its war chest as of June 30, after having spent more than $1.6 million, while Carter’s campaign reported only about $70,000 in cash on hand.”
Mr. Blumenthal – does he own a yacht? – has always feathered his reelection efforts by supplying an uncritical media with abundant press releases, many of which have been printed in papers across Connecticut with embarrassing, sycophantic emendations. In essence, Mr. Blumenthal has managed during a long political career -- more than twenty years as Connecticut’s crusading, business thrashing Attorney General and a term as U.S. Senator in a Congressional Delegation unmarred by the presence of a single Republican – by writing the political book on himself, with the assistance of Connecticut’s left of center media. Mr. Blumenthal, Editorial Chairman at The Harvard Crimson and Editor-In-Chief of the Yale Law Journal, is used to the ways of friendly media editors.
At Yale, Mr. Blumenthal was pleased to make the acquaintance of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham, who later married and lived happily ever after as philandering Presidential husband and stand-by-your-man First-Lady wife. Mr. Clinton became President in 1993, occupying the oval office for two terms, and Mrs. Clinton, having disposed of primary annoyance Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, now has her determined eye fixed on the same office. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Blumenthal wholeheartedly supports Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid. What are Democratic friends for?
There are demons dancing merrily about the head of Democratic Party Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid so far has been pox-marked by various improprieties, shall we call them, that no doubt would have caught the attention of crusading Attorney General Dick Blumenthal had she been a Connecticut corporation. Fortunately, former Secretary of State Clinton, along with former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea, are a quasi-governmental operation – i.e. the Clinton Foundation -- and Mr. Blumenthal, during his career as a white-hatted, battling Attorney General and now Consumer Protection U.S. Senator, has rarely displayed an interest in regulating government or quasi-governmental entities.
So then, would it be too much to inquire what Mr. Blumenthal thinks about the following sticky tar baby, one among dozens?
According to a recently published FBI interrogation of Mrs. Clinton revolving around an illegal, hackable private server that contained highly classified matter, we find that Mrs. Clinton “had her server wiped clean sometime between March 25 and 31, 2015, only three weeks after the New York Times on March 3 broke the story of the server system’s existence, according to Andrew McCarthy of National Review, a lawyer who seems to be more interested than Mr. Blumenthal, also a lawyer, in the politically slippery ways of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton.
At nearly “the same time the Democrats’ Janus-faced presidential nominee was outwardly taking the position that she ‘want[ed] the public to see my email,’ she was having her minions frantically purge her emails behind the scenes” – not with a cloth, as she joked, but with BleachBit, “a sophisticated software program, which eventually made it extraordinarily difficult for the FBI to recover her emails, several thousand of which were successfully destroyed.”
On the purged server were 30 emails related to Benghazi that “she never turned over to the State Department despite claiming repeatedly that she’d surrendered all of her government-related emails.”
Benghazi, Libya was the site of the attack on an American embassy compound in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, the PERSONAL representative of President Barack Obama, and CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty perished at the hands, Mrs. Clinton and others falsely insisted at the time, of protesters responding to an amateurish anti- prophet Mohammed video – more demons dancing around the Clinton Presidential campaign.
So then, what does Connecticut’s former crusading Attorney General and U.S. Veterans supporter and consumer protection U.S. Senator think about all this?
We don’t know. If Mrs. Clinton, during Mr. Blumenthal’s reign as Attorney General, had been the CEO of a private company rather than the co-founder of the Clinton Foundation, which has acquired business and cash from foreign entities with whom Hillary Clinton likely will do political business as President, would Mr. Blumenthal have taken after her with a suit in hand and scores of damning press releases? We don’t know. No Connecticut journalist has put the question to Mr. Blumenthal.
The lying and dissembling and dodging and media avoidance on the part of Mrs. Clinton becomes more and more unbearable every day. There has got to be a question within all this political muck for Mr. Blumenthal, who has been known to open an AG investigation on a cricket for disturbing his sleep. But alas, too many investigative reporters in Connecticut appear also to have fallen asleep, perhaps unwilling to disturb Mr. Blumenthal’s too politically convenient silence on important matters.
Assuming Mr. Blumenthal’s political career continues to arch upwards -- and who doubts that it will? -- this crushing silence will in time reap rich political rewards for all the above mentioned parties.