Newser.com is a mainstream news site one wouldn’t expect to cite Judicial Watch or the Hot Air blog, but yesterday they cited both: “Clinton ‘Often Confused,’ Aide Wrote in 2013.”
A newly released email about Hillary Clinton is making headlines, though it’s not because of a security breach. In it, top aide Huma Abedin tells another aide that Clinton is “easily confused.” The full exchange from 2013, as obtained by conservative group Judicial Watch:
- Abedin to staffer Monica Hanley: “Have you been going over calls with her for tomorrow? So she knows [Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh] is at 8?”
- Hanley: “She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call. Will go over with her.”
- Abedin: “Very imp to do that. She’s often confused.”
The Hill says the comment, which came from Abedin’s email address on Clinton’s private server, is likely to become campaign fodder.
The Hot Air blog points out that Hillary Clinton had suffered a concussion shortly before this email exchange. So I’m not sure how much damage the story will do to her. She may argue she is “better” now.
But in my opinion the real story here is how much people holding high office are mostly merely figureheads. Here was (is?) Hillary Clinton being “easily confused” and what difference did it make. Clinton has handlers that will basically run her life for her if she needs them to. These associates answer to the people who hold office to some extent, but they also answer to the people who put them in office. For Barack Obama, there’s Valerie Jarrett. George W. Bush had Karl Rove.
This is a reminder to us of where we get concepts of ruling class and oligarchy. These figureheads rule on behalf of groups. The staff knows this and they keep the figurehead on task or even take over his or her duties when necessary.
And they try to hide it from us.