The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency

The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.

The news today about the Clintons all fleshes out, in one way or another, their lack of interest in policing serious conflict-of-interest problems that arise in their overlapping roles:

  • The New York Times has a report about the State Department’s decision to approve the sale of Uranium mines to a Russian company that donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, and that a Russian investment bank promoting the deal paid Bill $500,000 for a speech in Moscow.
  • The Washington Post reports that Bill Clinton has received $26 million in speaking fees from entities that also donated to the Clinton Global Initiative.
  • The Washington Examiner reports, “Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation.”
  • And Reuters reports, “Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.”

The Clinton campaign is batting down the darkest and most conspiratorial interpretation of these stories, and where this all leads remains to be seen. But the most positive interpretation is not exactly good…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    All this depends on what the meaning of “is” is.

    • just a thought

      Maybe they mean relative to Clinton, that Carter isn’t as big a crook? But, yeah, he supports all the same scum of the earth, but he just does it for free.

      • Minicapt

        Jimmy’s advantage over Billy Jeff is his magnificent displays of sanctimony. And few people have expressed an interest in the donor list details for his Peace Institute. Such interest in the Clinton money collection operation only began in the last several months.


  • Ron MacDonald

    Proposed bumper sticker.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This only matters if you imagine that Obama’s Justice Department would ever do thing one. They won’t of course even though Obama and Clinton viscerally loathe one another. It’s the political class and the political class takes care of its own. Nothing will come of this because America is ruled by a cynical elite unbothered by law, morality or even practical results.

    • Millie_Woods

      Well said.

  • Millie_Woods

    “Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president.”

    That’s as far as I got.

  • Everyone Else

    NYMag is myopically left-wing. If even they’re dumping on Hillary I guess she really is toast.