Bill Buckley was once asked what the real Dick Nixon was like. “Which one,” he responded? “There are about four of them.” There are a few Hillary Clintons jostling against each other in her capacious public persona.
The Great Email Spill of 2016 has tossed on the shore a few dead personas.
Here is current Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign John Podesta on his boss in an email to Neera Tanden, a longtime Podesta friend who also has worked for Clinton: “Speaking of transparency, our friends Kendall [Hillary’s personal lawyer], Cheryl [Mills], and Phillipe [Reines, both State Department staffers] sure weren’t forthcoming on the facts here.”
Tanden: “Why didn’t they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy. I guess I know the answer. They wanted to get away with it.” The stuff they didn’t get out was an admission on the part of Clinton that there were indeed unvetted confidential emails on her private server. Hillary went to the wall claiming that there were no such items on her unsecured server.
Podesta: “We’ve taken on a lot of water that won’t be easy to pump out of the boat. Most of that has to do with terrible decisions made pre-campaign, but a lot has to do with her [Hillary’s] instincts.”
Tanden: “Almost no one knows better [than] me that her instincts can be terrible.”
General Colin Powell, the hero of (Desert Storm), an invasion of Iraq Hillary supported before her most current persona change, has endorsed Hillary’s candidacy. But the General expressed reservations concerning the character question in a July 26, 2014 email: “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect… A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d–kng bimbos at home (according to the NYP)… Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris. I told you about the gig I lost at a University because she so overcharged them they came under heat and couldn’t [pay] any fees for a while. I should send her a bill.”