The center of gravity for the Hillary Clinton campaign for President is reaching a tipping point — some might say it’s already there
Hillary was even convinced to cut her “VACATION” short — In order to start working on a “Fire Wall” in Ohio — Just the way she did in 2008 against Barack Obama — Hmmmm !
In the hustle and bustle of all the things raining down on Hillary Clinton’s head last week — a week that some thought ranked up there as “Hillary Clinton’s Worst Week Ever” with losing the nomination to Obama in 2008 and hearing that Monica still had her blue dress — I think I missed something that really needed reporting. If this were posted as a “Comment,” it would either be marked “UPDATE & BACKFILL” — Or possibly, just “BACKFILL.”
WALL STREET MELT-DOWN DOESN'T STOP FINANCIAL PAPER FROM WRITING ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON'S OWN CAMPAIGN LET-DOWNEven on a day when the big news was the world-wide financial melt-down, one international finance journal was still talking about Hillary Clinton’s faltering campaign for President. According to Martin Matishak of “The Fiscal Times” — “The ongoing din over Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State has grown so loud that Democratic Party stalwarts have begun to openly wonder whether she will even be their nominee next year, something unthinkable just a few short months ago....” ( See “Democrats Are Openly Speculating About an Election without Hillary Clinton” by Martin Matishak, 8/24/15, The Fiscal Times [http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/08/24/Democrats-Are-Openly-Speculating-About-Election-without-Hillary-Clinton]).
That article went on to say this: “.... Buzz about a [V.P. Joseph] Biden presidential run has increased in recent weeks, as questions over Clinton’s personal server continue to haunt her candidacy. Numerous surveys show she has lost ground in several key battleground states [tonight a poll showed HRC slipping behind Jeb Bush in Michigan, with Donald Trump close behind nipping at her heels]....” And “.... [Mean]while the vice president’s numbers among core Democratic constituencies have risen....”
CANDIDATE MARTIN O’MALLEY SAYS HILLARY’S E-MAILS AND PRIVATE SERVER ARE LEGITIMATE ISSUES FOR THE GOP AND THE MEDIAAnother devastating item in the Fiscal Times article involved Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. According to the Maishak-Fiscal Times piece, cited above, “.... [F]ormer Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is running against Clinton but whose polls numbers have been stuck in the single digits, said the GOP and the media are right to ask the former secretary of state about her email arrangement.... ‘So long as our Democratic Party is not talking about the issues that matter most around the kitchen table, the only question that will be asked every day, and it’s a legitimate question, by media people like yourself, or by the Republicans, are questions about Hillary Clinton's emails,’ O’Malley said on ABC’s This Week.... ‘Those are questions that I will leave to her and to her lawyers to answer,” he added. ‘But as a party, we need to wake up and we need to have start having debates about the issues that really matter....’ ” [The O’Malley comments, mentioned herein immediately above were previously discussed on this blog yesterday in a thread to a post below (See my 8/23/15 comment, “UPDATE: THE “ONCE IN A BLUE MOON COMMENT ABOUT A CBS COMMENTARY” EDITION” to my 8/22/15 post, “THE LATEST HILLARY CLINTON "ROLL-OUT" A NEW THREE-PRONG STRATEGY TO GET PAST THE E-MAILS ISSUE”]
IS HILLARY CLINTON’S 2016 CAMPAIGN ACTUALLY DYING BEFORE OUR VERY EYES ? ? ?Last Thursday, Wesley Pruden at the Washington Tomes said this : “Hillary Clinton may think those creatures making wide, gentle circles over her campaign are bluebirds of happiness, but they’re looking more and more like buzzards. They look hungry...." (See “The birds circling over Hillary Clinton” by Wesley Pruden, 8/20/15, The Washington Times [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/20/wesley-pruden-hillary-clintons-dying-campaign/]).
IS THE FBI ABOUT TO MAKE IT’S “SECURITY INVESTIGATION” INTO HILLARY CLINTON’S E-MAILS AND PRIVATE SERVER INTO A “CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION” ?The most important single item in Wesley Pruden’s long and detailed analysis of Hillary Clinton’s deepening crisis over her E-mails is this: “.... [T]he FBI is investigating more than a security situation, defined as a simple matter of learning whether classified information leaked from the State Department when she was the secretary of State, and if so, who it was leaked to. National Public Radio, which usually feeds only the bluebirds of Democratic happiness, reports that it learned from “two lawyers familiar with the inquiry” that a formal criminal investigation is under consideration, presumably at the Justice Department, and it could happen ‘soon.’... Hillary might not be the first target. She can always find somebody else to throw under the bus or feed to the alligators....”
According to the report of that on the NPR web page, “For now, federal authorities characterize the Justice Department inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private email server as a security situation: a simple matter of finding out whether classified information leaked out during her tenure as secretary of state, and where it went.... Except, former government officials said, that's not going to be so simple.... ‘I think that the FBI will be moving with all deliberate speed to determine whether there were serious breaches of national security here,’ said Ron Hosko, who used to lead the FBI's criminal investigative division....” (See “Government Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Likely To Widen” by Carrie Johnson, 8/19/15, NPR/ npr.org [http://www.npr.org/2015/08/19/432908987/government-inquiry-into-clinton-emails-likely-to-widen]).
The NPR article also said this: “.... Two lawyers familiar with the inquiry told NPR that a formal criminal investigation is under consideration and could happen soon — although they caution that Clinton herself may not be the target....”
FOR THE CLINTON FOLKS, IT'S LIKE THEY ARE ALREADY MAKING THEIR PITCH TO A JURY — BUT JUST WHAT KIND OF JURY WILL BE HEARING THIS ? ? ?According to NPR, “.... The Clinton campaign maintains that Clinton did nothing wrong, that the government inquiry would not move beyond a ‘security-related review’ and points a finger at a ‘culture of classification’ within the intelligence community.... "She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified," said Brian Fallon, Clinton campaign press secretary, in a conference call Wednesday with reporters, per NPR's Tamara Keith. "When it comes to classified information, the standards are not at all black and white, and in the absence of markings that officially designate something classified, reasonable people each taking their responsibilities extremely seriously, can nonetheless disagree on the character of the information they are dealing with — and both could be completely justified in that perspective....”
THE NPR ARTICLE CONCLUDED WITH THIS“.... As the campaign intensifies, the FBI and its director, James Comey, will be operating in an environment filled with political sensitivity. But it won't be the first time.... ‘The FBI won't be ignorant to the political realities,... but they have a job to do, they know that job, they've done it before, they will do it here.’...”
Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Campaign can’t take comfort in any part of that.
HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN PROS KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BIG PROBLEMS — THEY ARE ALREADY SETTING UP “FIRE WALLS” IN PLACES LIKE OHIONot long ago it was announced that HRC would cut short her “vacation” in the Hamptons and get back on tothe campaign trail. According to a local Ohio blog, “Hillary Clinton will lead a grassroots organizing rally Thursday morning at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.... [The] event, which is open to the public, will be the Democratic presidential candidate's first official political visit to Ohio since announcing her candidacy in April.... ‘During the event, Clinton and volunteers will be asking supporters to fill out a “Commit to Vote” card, pledging to vote for Hillary in the Ohio primary next year,’ her campaign said Monday in an advisory confirming details of the visit....” (See “Hillary Clinton will campaign Thursday at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland” by Henry J. Gomez, 8/24/15, Northeast Ohio Media Group [http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/08/hillary_clinton_will_campaign.html]).
According to the report, “.... The trip has been on Clinton's schedule since early August. But it comes as she faces more questions about her private email server and as speculation swirls about Vice President Joe Biden's possible candidacy.... A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton leading all challengers in the Buckeye State. But her numbers have dropped. Sixty percent of all voters surveyed said they don't find her "honest and trustworthy," up from 53 percent in June. And a majority -- 54 percent -- have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton.... Ohio was a big firewall for Clinton in her 2008 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, giving her a big win over Barack Obama at a crucial point....”
BTW, how did that one turn out for good old Hillzy ?