A common belief often heard is that Democrats corner the market on technological savvy. In the past, I’ve spoken to a number of Republican operatives who lament the great divide between the Democrats and the Republicans in the Democrats’ ability to manipulate technology to their electoral advantage. The thinking goes that because young people are more sophisticated in that realm and because statistically they are more likely to vote Democrat then the Democrats must have the advantage.
That’s what makes all the email controversies surrounding Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee so interesting.
If they’re so great at this sort of thing, why is it that they are being continually embarrassed by failures in the use of something as simple as email?
This time around it starts with their standard bearer, Hillary Clinton, who when confronted with her many technological errors simply pleads ignorance in how any of this newfangled stuff works. In fact, one of the reasons FBI Director James Comey didn’t recommend indictment for her is because she couldn’t really form the requisite criminal intent since she was “not sophisticated enough” to know how the whole email server thing works.
She tried to make light of her ignorance a few months ago when she was asked whether or not she wiped the server in her home, she responded “with a cloth?”
Maybe that’s kind of cute when your grandmother says it and maybe Hillary is old enough to be your grandma, but for the possible future leader of the free world in 2016, it’s actually rather scary.
Comey also suggested that’s its very likely that a foreign government hacked the server although there was no direct proof of this when he wrote his report.
Well folks, we may be just about to get such proof and the roadmap to this slightly educated guess is none other than the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook.
As you probably know by now, the DNC’s email was hacked and embarrassing emails were leaked and published by WikiLeaks. The initial document dump supports Bernie Sanders’ claim that the nomination process, while maybe not “rigged” against him was at least made about one thousand percent more difficult by the fact that the entire DNC apparatus was plotting against him. This revelation brought down the DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and made Day One of the DNC Convention look more like what the RNC Convention was predicted to be.
On the Sunday shows, Mr. Mook suggested that the DNC email revelations result from hacking of the party’s site by Russian agents saying that “[e]xperts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails and now are leaking them out through these websites. It’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”
Clearly, Mook’s comments were intended as a smear and diversion, but they raise important issues. Were the Russians really able to hack the DNC site? If so, did they also hack Hillary Clinton’s private server? Before Election Day, will we not only see embarrassing emails of party officials released but perhaps information taken from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of state as well?
The qualifications for serving as President of the United States in 2016 are quite different than they were in 1916. Being able to manage and understand basic technology should be one of them.
On that score it would appear that Hillary Clinton’s qualifications puts her more in line with Woodrow Wilson than the sort of candidate America needs today.