NBC and MSNBC have both used ample airtime recently to chide Hillary Clinton's apparent lack of concern over the seriousness of the e-mail scandal swirling around her time as Secretary of State. Both networks are pointing at the concern expressed by Democrats regarding her attitude and why she feels the need to joke about it.
On Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post, said about Clinton: “It’s hard to claim this is all just a partisan witch hunt when the Justice Department under a Democratic administration is looking into the whole e-mail mess. So, that doesn’t ring so true.”
Host Chuck Todd said he was amazed at how easy it has been to find Democrats who are willing to speak out against Clinton's e-mail scandal and ask why it took so long to hand over the server.
One of those was a panelist, The Atlantic's Molly Ball, who remarked on how this particular scandal has continued to stagnate around the Clinton campaign. She believes it has turned her campaign "into an organizational mess" as was the case in 2008 and will "bog down" this run for president in much the same way.
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On Monday, the cast of MSNBC's Morning Joe came down extremely hard on the issue. Host Joe Scarborough spoke directly to Clinton:
A private citizen had classified information; you had no idea what was out there. And you did nothing for six months and allowed a citizen to decide whether that classified information was going to be taken over or not? Explain that to Americans. You need to explain that to Americans, because somebody is being political and possibly endangering America's national security.
Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin was on hand to report on the gasps that he heard when Clinton recently joked about deleted messages in Iowa. He recalled:
When she told that joke, there were people around me who gasped because it’s not a joking matter for a lot of people. She said here at the fair, when she had a press availability, real voters don’t talk to her about this. They never bring it up here. Well, you know what, Joe? Real people never bring up to me that I need to lose some weight.
He continued saying "elite Democrats" were coming up to him at the Iowa fair and expressing real concern over this situation that Clinton seems to think is no big deal with voters:
I have never in my career dealt with a presidential campaign who’s as unresponsive to basic questions… There’s lots of facts that they won’t respond to on a daily basis. You can ask them every day… At a time when people want transparency… butshe is not dealing with this issue, and between the FBI and the congressional investigations, this is not only not going away, but it shouldn’t go away on the substance, and voters do care about it.
Halpern finally suggested that "she bite the bullet and give the bad answers."
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Of course, Clinton's aloofness to this scandal is on par with her attitude on any other Clinton scandal: What difference at this point does it make?