Being a Democratic woman apparently means never having to take the rap when you get caught.
Hillary admitted that she is subject to a double standard–just not the double standard we thought. She said this with a straight face:
"I often feel like there's the Hillary standard and then there's the standard for everybody else," the presumptive Democratic nominee said in the interview on CBS News' "60 Minutes."
She got that right–if any of us had been "careless" with national security . . . or tried to fool parents who had just lost sons in a dangerous outpost in the service of our country . . .
But of course that is precisely what Clinton didn't mean:
Clinton explained that there has been a "concerted effort" by Republicans to portray her in a negative light, and described the double standard she believes is set for her as “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth, reality, which take on a life of their own."
Clinton also she will not respond to the repeated name-calling from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or make a name for him, the way he calls her "Crooked Hillary.”
"I don't call him anything, and I'm not going to engage in that kind of insult-fest that he seems to thrive on," Clinton said. "So whatever he says about me, he's perfectly free to use up his own air time and his own space.”
Kaine chimed in to say that while Clinton is letting the "water go off her back on this," that's not the way he feels.
He really said that–he really said that.
It is true that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, another Democratic woman who got caught, had to resign her position as Democratic National Committee chairman on the eve of the Democratic convention. A batch of nasty wikileaks emails made it crystal clear that the DNC under DWS had stacked the deck for Hillary Clinton.
Instead of a sober stateent directed at the wronged Bernie Sanders, Clinton immediately heaped fulsome praise upon the erring DNC head and appointed her an honorary chair of her campaign. Here's Clinton's full announcement:
I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership.
There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states.
I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.
There's also no one better at taking the fight to Bernie!
Of course, Mrs. Clinton, who benefited enormously by DWS' curtailing the number of Democratic debates (and other decisions favorable to Clinton), is far too beholden to Wasserman Schultz to just cut her loose.
Speaking of doubte standards, can you imagine what would happen to a Republican who got caught red-handed behaving like Wasserman Schultz (or keeping classified information in the basement)?