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Sat Mar 14, 2015, 12:44 PM

Mark, did she answer all the questions out there with her news conference this week? [View all]

MARK SHIELDS: No, of course not, Judy.
The questions will keep coming and keep coming. But there was one result of it that just hit me so hard. And that is the great advice, beware of any national leader — and I don’t limit this to Secretary Clinton, by any means — but who doesn’t have close to him or her contemporary friends and confidants who can tell them when necessary they’re absolutely wrong and go to hell.

And very few presidents — Jerry Ford did, to his everlasting credit. He was an enormously emotionally secure man. Ronald Reagan chose Jim Baker to be his chief of staff, who had run two campaigns against him, as examples of that sort of emotional security and stability.

I just ask Mrs. Clinton, who in your retinue, among your group of advisers, when you had the idea of having a personal computer e-mail service of your own, an individual one, who didn’t say, are you out of your “expletive deleted” mind? This is politically indefensible and probably morally indefensible and may be legally problematic.

And I guess that is what really bothers me. And I think that’s a question that persists even after all the details, whether the relevance or irrelevance of the e-mails turns out to be anything at all legally or substantively. That is a real problem.


http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/shields-gerson-clintons-email-problem-senate-sabotage-iran-negotiations/

If you want to defend her against the indefensibale go right ahead. But let's be damn sure about one important fact.

This is NOT presidential behavior. Not for the USA, not for any government that claims to work on behalf of the citizens who elect them. This is the behavior of an self-serving, arrogant and unaccountable political class.

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