March 11, 2015

Wondering, on Wednesday (v24)

The Republicans in the Senate took a bold step towards something  I don't even know how to describe, with their 'open letter' to Iran, which served more to embarrass them than it did anything else. I mean, when the foreign country calls you out as propagandists with a mistaken understanding of your own constitution, I think maybe your message failed to hit the mark, right?

And, of course, the most important thing the Republicans have to do, now that they've failed to override the President's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline and failed to drive a hard bargain on immigration, ending with full funding of the Department of Homeland Security -- the single most important thing they have to do is worry about Hillary Clinton's email.  

Hillary Clinton used one Blackberry instead of two, something that hundreds of thousands of businessmen and businesswomen do each and every day. It was completely legal, and she was not the first government official to do it. She will likely be the last. She and Bill had their own server, something that most people don't do but which also was not illegal.  

She emailed people on their government emails, with the understanding that the emails would be retained in accordance with policy. Also not illegal. She turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department, and asked them to make every stinking page of them public, which State has said they'll do. So what's she guilty of? 

Being Hillary Clinton. She could have saved every single email, every yoga routine and grocery list and sexy message to Bill and baby pictures of her grandchild and everything in between, and it would never be enough to satisfy people.  

Meanwhile, the State Department Inspector General announced today that an unrelated investigation identified that not all of the emails that should have been retained were in fact retained.  Not just emails that Hillary sent to people, mind you, but countless thousands, maybe millions, of emails were not retained. Computers did not work; people did not retain emails as they were supposed to or tried to thwart the process, and that (as we have seen in virtually every government agency that has any technology more advanced than an abacus), the US government "cannot handle the" technology. Not HHS, not IRS, not State -- they plain old can't handle it. 

That's got me wondering, on this Wednesday, what the heck is going on?  Has Congress not approved funding for any tech upgrades since Al Gore invented the Internet?

Congressional Republicans also, of course, have time for Benghazi. Not for any particular reason, other than because,  like Jello, there's always room for Benghazi. 

Not, mind you, South Korea, where the Ambassador was injured in a daylight knife attack, had 80 some odd stitches in his head and face, had surgery on his arm, and will need continued therapy because of the nerve damage to his arm.  Why? Well, because the attack had nothing to do with the Administration, and nothing to do with Hillary Clinton, and so the poor bloodied ambassador, well screw him, right?  He's still alive, and there doesn't appear to be any way to tie Barack Obama or anyone named Clinton to it. 

This new Republican Congress we have, which I swear is acting even worse, even more petulant, even more childish and ridiculous than they did when they were the minority, has convinced themselves that the majority of Americans wanted them in office. We know that only 37% of eligible voters bothered last fall, but that's just a number. 

When I'm at my most cynical, I refer to them as #TheLeadershipWeDeserve. When they're at their most self-important, they remind us we chose them to "lead us forward."  

I'm left wondering if their GPS is government-issued.