In 1884, German statesman Otto Von Bismark uttered the following to members of the German parliament, “Politics is not a science…but an art.”
Today, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to be missing the art of politics, and the Republicans are circling her like a hawk going for its prey.
The fact is the Republicans could not get an indictment against her on the Benghazi affair where the U.S. Diplomatic Mission was attacked by a heavily armed group of gunmen, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Ten other persons were also injured in the attack.
So, the Republicans latest gotcha moment is Clinton’s e-mail practices as Secretary of State.
The fact that the Former Secretary of State is the potential Democratic Party candidate for the 2016 Presidential campaign, one can understand the haste, and glee by the Republicans to have Hillary muddied by any means necessary.
Moreover, it has been shown in the polls that Hillary leads all Republican front runners for next year Presidential election by at least 8 percent, thus the attempt to cast aspersion on her character and undermined her role as a former Secretary of State is certainly within the self interest of the Republicans.
As the Democratic strategist and Clinton ally James Carville, speaking on ABC program “This Week,” puts it, the controversy the Republicans is trying to stir up “amounts to nothing but a bunch of people flapping their jaws about nothing.”
The truth is the energy and time the Republicans are exerting on this issue could be better spent by seeking ways to develop new policies to moved people into the middle class and beyond as well as creating ways to grow the American economy to be on par with China in terms of GDP growth.
The Fact that it is reported that House Speaker John Boehner is expected to announce this week a new investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State, including her admission that more than 31,000 emails were destroyed because she determined them to be personal further attest to a witch hunt by the Republicans.
When will the Republicans settle down and do some serious work for the people who elected them to office, only God knows.
They have won the House and Senate, so one can only assume that they will continue to play politics until the outcome of the 2016 election.
While Rome burned Nero fiddled” is certainly an apt quote to contextualized the current leadership of Republicans Party.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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