RealClearRoundup: Hillary's Email Presser

RealClearRoundup: Hillary's Email Presser
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“Hillary Clinton addressed the press for the first time since leaving the State Department on Tuesday. She answered questions about her email usage and mentioned her yoga routine, but mostly reminded America what we're getting into in 2016 if she decides to run.” – Jaime Fuller, New York Magazine

“After a week’s worth of silence, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday finally offered an explanation for why she opted to use a private email address to do government business while secretary of state. It wasn’t a good one. She says she made the decision simply because she didn’t want to carry around two phones.” – Josh Voorhees, Slate magazine

“Hillary acknowledging that it would have been better to use two e-mail accounts is about as close to an apology from the Clintons you’ll ever get. But the matter of ‘convenience’ is just nonsense, as everyone knows. Even a tech dinosaur like myself has two e-mail accounts, which I now access on my spiffy new iPhone 6 Plus.” – Larry Kudlow, National Review

“In her first public comments on a controversy involving her emails, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions from the press for 20 minutes, but her response amounted to this: You've just got to trust me. Clinton revealed that she had sent and received more than 62,320 emails from her private account. Of those, 30,490 she deemed work-related and turned over to the State Department. The other 31,830 she apparently deleted. The central question of the jousting match between Clinton and reporters was how she distinguished the personal emails from those relating to her official duties. Her explanation was simple: She decided.” – David A. Graham, The Atlantic

“When questioned on this, Clinton retorted that this is how all federal record-keeping works: Officials determine for themselves what constitutes a record that must be kept under the law. This rather underplays the problems with her system -- among other things, Clinton's decision to keep her e-mails on a private server meant that they were invisible to FOIA requests.” – Megan McArdle, Bloomberg News

“You wonder why the Clintons seem to feel above the rules, seem to feel arrogant, as some people say. And this is an unforced error. It’s political malpractice, something she could have easily avoided. Surely somebody in her circle, if not her herself, had to have said, ‘Uh, this is not a good idea.’” — Touré Neblett, MSNBC

“More than two decades ago, Bill Clinton’s operation perfected the notion of rapid response after the 1988 presidential campaign when Democrat Michael Dukakis lost in good part because he refused to address political attacks he judged foolish or inconsequential. Hillary Clinton’s comparatively laggard reaction to the email controversy, allowing more than a week to pass before she offered a substantive response, contributed to concern among party professionals that her political operation had gone rusty — or, worse, was maladapted to the 24/7 demands of today’s campaign world.” — Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times

“She told reporters that she hadn’t wanted to be weighed down by a second electronic device. It wasn’t secrecy that motivated her. It was purse space and pinkie strain. And behind her forced smile, which was practically cemented in place, she seemed put out by all the skepticism and all the questions. She shouldn’t be. This latest Clinton controversy is not the work or fault of Republican enemies or a ruthless, unappeasable press corps. It’s her doing.” -- Frank Bruni, New York Times

“Government employees don't have private servers in their homes and then become the sole arbiters of what is relevant to the public or not. That's the crux of the problem here, and I don't think that she answered that.” – Margaret Hoover, CNN

“It took a few seconds for me to grasp what Clinton was doing: she was attempting to appeal to voters’ sense of fair play, over the heads of her opponents and the media. Not only did she have no intention of handing over more e-mails but the material had been deleted months ago, or so it seemed, without any outside review. … One thing’s for sure: the press conference, extraordinary as it was, didn’t put an end to the story.” – John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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