I don’t always read the news, but when I do, I prefer to read about things that are, you know, actually new. That’s why I was frustrated to read this morning about a 40-something Harvard grad, barely a third of the way through his first term as U.S. Senator, announcing a White House bid in front of a crowd of screaming millennials. Stop me if this sounds familiar. I had to double-check the year on my calendar to make sure I wasn’t having another flashback or malaria-induced fever dream.
I’ve never been a fan of Ted Cruz. His so-called “conservatism” has always struck me as phonier than Barack Obama’s so-called “birth certificate.” I thought his coloring book was a heaping pile of left-wing propaganda aimed at our nation’s youth, and don’t get me started on his perverse obsession with Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan.
Hillary Clinton, it seems, did not want to use an official government email address to conduct State Department business. There is, literally, only one reason for her to do such a thing: minimize transparency. That’s it. That’s the only legitimate reason: she wanted as few of her communications as possible to be exposed to FOIA requests.
At first, I thought there’s something kind of surprising about the brazenness here—I mean, it’s not every day you hear lawyers throw around phrases like “nuclear winter” in the paper of record when discussing possible explanations for potentially illegal behavior. But maybe not. This is a Clinton we’re talking about, after all. I assume there’s a 18-and-a-half-email gap in the archives somewhere.
It seems to me that the only reasonable solution to this is to require Hillary to turn over access to every email account she used during her tenure as secretary of State and make them FOIA-able. While this would undoubtedly be embarrassing, it would serve as a warning for future government officials: if you don’t play by the rules, you pay a very serious price.
The whole thing got me thinking, however. What could she be hiding?
While the Washington Free Beacon does not typically participate in the endorsement game, I find myself compelled to encourage the entry of a candidate that many inside-the-Beltway pundits have not considered, but against whom all should be measured.
Should he announce his candidacy, I, Fab Horatio Montoya, Free Beacon style editor and bon vivant, stand ready to fully endorse, support, and defend to the death Oklahoma Sen. James Mountain Inhofe in his quest for the presidency in 2016.
The Washington Post published earlier today a must-read Style section profile of the man who is inarguably America’s best senator.