“Many poor choices were made during the Bush administration and there was little concern about the availability of e-mail records despite the fact that they were contending with regular subpoenas for records and had a legal obligation to preserve their records.”
This was said in the context of computer technicians finding that a whopping 22 million missing White House e-mails from the George W. Bush Administration were flushed by Karl Rove.
(See the whole 2009 report here.)
Not that anyone in the holy Bush Administration ever played fast and loose with the truth, but Karl Rove–you remember him; he was in all the papers–claimed he “only” flushed 5 million e-mails in the wake of the Bush Administration’s Valerie Plame Scandal.
Some quick context is in order here…
When W. Bush entered the White House in 2001, Rove set up a private email server for use in the White House for raising Republican Party funds. The purported purpose of the system was exclusively for the sort of political correspondence that Bush and Rove were not permitted to do on taxpayer dimes.
It was all fine and dandy under the law as long as the emails were preserved and accounted for.
But it’s highly to extremely likely that Rove misused the email server, using it for communications he assumed would never be made public.
If everything was on the up and up, why would he even attempt to permanently flush 5 million emails–much less the 22 million that in fact disappeared on his and the President’s watch?
I know, I know . . . Karl Rove and W. aren’t running for President.
And I don’t bring this up to excuse anything Hillary Clinton may have done or not done with her ever-controversial emails. I’ve writ here more than once that the whole email flap could have been avoided if not for that old-time Clinton hubris and the Clinton knack for self sabotage.
I mean, Madame Secretary should have been guided by the exposure of Rove and Bush’s email shenanigans and erred on the side of purity and light in all things email-related.
I raise this up because I’m intrigued by history and how it so repeats itself. The fascination of history is that the past always gives us perspective on what’s happening now, today, in current events.
The past never quite dies.
All the cliches have the ring of truth: history shows that the more things change, the more things stay the same; those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it; etc., etc.
American history also shows that Americans have short little attention spans. How soon we forget the scandals and things that disturb us for a week, a month, a year or four years of a presidential term.
But then our candidate, our choice for public office, comes along, and he or she is always honest (or not all that dishonest compared to them).
We can always excuse our favored politician’s dishonesty as him or her being a victim of “the liberal news media” or Fox News and company.
History shows that political Kool Aid always refreshes us and never mind that it might not be as good for us as it appears.
Speaking of Kool Aid drinkers . . .
If the founder of “Trump University” is elected President, we can only hope that his administration will be–to borrow words from the great Republican President honest Ike Eisenhower–“as clean as a hound’s tooth.”
But the history of Trump Anything makes me skeptical at best.
(HT: http://www.PensitoReview.com and my friend Kevin Moran on Facebook)