Wednesday, June 18, 2014
"I think that anytime that the IRS is involved, for many people, it's a real scandal." This was the first thing Clinton said after Greta Van Susteren asked whether she thought it was a phony scandal. The line was rehearsed. It's the basis of the BuzzFeed tweet.
The key to the sentence is "for many people." Clinton did not say whether she's one of those people. With a soft chuckle, she delivered a line that simultaneously empathized with Obama's critics while giving herself a safe distance from them. I never said I think the scandal is real.
It was vintage Clinton. You could almost see her husband standing in the studio's shadows, biting his lower lip and nodding.