What Was Hillary Trying to Hide in Her Personal Email Account?

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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?

Inhofe 2016

Jim Inhofe

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.

OPINION: Cancel Presidential Elections

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In 2012, more than 125 million Americans cast ballots in an election that only served to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and generally make the President Obama’s life more difficult. His forward-looking agenda continues to take a back seat to petty grievances. One hundred and twenty-five million may sound like a lot, but that’s still less than 40 percent of the population of the United States, and less than one-tenth the population of China. Voter turnout was even lower than it was during the historic 2008 election, despite the fact that outside spenders spent nearly three times as much on partisan attack ads.

There was a time when presidential elections made sense—at our nation’s founding, everyone agreed that George Washington should be president, so he ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. Most people agree that he was on of the greatest presidents of all time. After that, politicians started running for president against each other, thus forever burdening the American people with a decision that many would rather someone else make on their behalf. Centuries later, presidential elections no longer make any sense.

Presidential elections, like midterm elections, aren’t just unnecessary; they’re harmful to American politics. We should get rid of them entirely.