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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Clinton’s Simple, Two-Step George Costanza Defense

"Insist that the rules were unclear and that everyone was breaking them anyway."

National Review  "In her latest defense of her unlawful e-mail server, Hillary Clinton is following the playbook of Seinfeld’s lovable loser George Costanza. In one memorable episode, Costanza fulfills one of his fantasies with an after-hours romp with a cleaning woman at his office desk. Confronted by his boss after his paramour turns him in — George had tried to buy her silence with a defective cashmere sweater — Costanza insisted that the standards for workplace intimacy were not clear at the time of his indiscretion: “Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here, that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, ’cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.” 

"Hillary Clinton did not choose to go full Costanza from the outset. When initially confronted with reports that she had circumvented federal-records laws by maintaining an e-mail server in the basement of her Chappaqua home, Clinton insisted instead that she had faithfully complied with the law. In July 2015, she told CNN that “everything I did was permitted. There was no law. There was no regulation. There was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate. . . . Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation.”
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"In the aftermath of that devastating conclusion, Clinton has adopted George Costanza’s simple, two-step approach to controversy." . . .

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