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The Hillary Email Controversy Is Wrecking GOP Chances For 2016

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton

The establishment Republican professional political class in DC – the professional politicians, political consultants and allegedly conservative pundits and TV talking heads – has long-assumed Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

And their planned strategy for the campaign against her was a content-free campaign of the same kinds of personal attacks and scandal-mongering that didn’t work against Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Now don’t get us wrong; we think the revelation that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set-up her own private email system to by-pass the official government system at the Department of State, and its potentially discomfiting official back-up and retention system, is important ethically, politically and legally.

And we take seriously the likelihood that Clinton set-up the system to avoid scrutiny of her decisions and official communications and contacts at State, because if history is any guide, the Clintons’ decisions don’t stand-up very well to scrutiny.

But the Hillary Clinton email scandal is also a convenient “shiny object” to distract the media and the voting public from the fact that, on the issues, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are often indistinguishable and are equally acceptable to the Big Government Wall Street – Washington – Silicon Valley Axis that is looting the country and destroying the quality of life for millions of American middle class families.

And, if Jeb Bush is the nominee, as the US Chamber of Commerce-allied Republican establishment is investing over $100 million to assure, then having to campaign on policy issues and his positions on the great questions of the day would be nearly impossible, because Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton hold nearly identical positions on several of the key issues that will decide the 2016 election for grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives.

On Common Core, traditional values education and local control of schools Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have indistinguishable views.

Likewise on amnesty for illegal aliens, with Bush and his bizarre “act of love” remarks about the reasons for illegal border crossing perhaps being even more off-putting to conservatives than Clinton’s standard Democratic “bring them out of the shadows” comments.

So, to the Republican establishment, the Hillary Clinton email scandal is the ultimate campaign “issue” in a campaign that, by their own design, will say nothing about what the 2016 Republican nominee stands for or will do once elected.

Many grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives have long had the sense that the “business community” that is, Big Business as represented by Wall Street and the US Chamber of Commerce, not your Main Street hardware store, doesn’t really care who is elected President as long as it someone who will play ball with them.

But it is highly unusual to get anyone to admit that is the case, particularly among the nominally Republican Big Business crowd that relies on Republican congressional support to keep the regulatory and redistributionist impulses of the Democrats in check.

However, back in April of 2014 Ben White and Maggie Haberman of POLITICO managed to tease some truly eye opening admissions from two dozen interviews about the 2016 race with unaligned GOP donors, financial executives and their Washington lobbyists.

According to White and Haberman “The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP’s old establishment base from its rising populist wing.”

And the preferred consolation candidate if Bush demurred, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn’t recover politically from Bridgegate, and no other establishment favorite, such as Paul Ryan, rose to claim the nomination: Hillary Clinton.

People close to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein say the same calculus applies to a Jeb Bush-Hillary Clinton race as it would to a Christie-Clinton contest. “Those would be two very good choices and we’d be perfectly happy with them,” a person close to Blankfein told White and Haberman. Blankfein is a self-described Democrat, but his comments about Christie and Clinton reflect the ambidextrous political approach that many Republicans and Democrats on Wall Street take.

“Ambidextrous” is an interesting word for White and Haberman to choose to describe so-called Republicans on Wall Street who would be comfortable with either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, because whether the President is Republican or Democrat it is all the same to them.

So the claims of White and Haberman’s sources to “lean” Republican really mean they lean in favor of Big Government, and don’t really care whether it is run by a Democrat like Clinton or a Republican like Jeb Bush.

To the Wall Street – Washington – Silicon Valley Axis that is bankrolling Clinton and Bush the outcome is – policywise – irrelevant; they get what they want no matter which of the two is elected.  

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie observed in his book TAKEOVER, the major fault line in today’s politics isn’t between Democrats and Republicans, it is between limited government constitutional conservatives and Big Government lovers in both establishment parties.

The real challenge facing grassroots limited government constitutional conservative voters in 2016 is not to choose between a Democrat or a Republican it is to find and nominate a candidate who shares their values and will fight for their policy agenda if elected.

The Hillary Clinton email scandal is important, but focusing on scandal and ignoring the issues and the candidates’ policies all but guarantees another content-free establishment Republican presidential campaign that might very well lose and will certainly have exempted the GOP candidate from making any commitments on rolling-back Obama’s unconstitutional actions and governing America according to conservative principles.

To read White and Haberman’s article “Wall Street Republicans’ dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016” click the link.

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