More like scathing views….
The latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s private email correspondence released by the State Department on Monday night provides a further glimpse of the kind of advice and opinions she was getting as secretary of state from close confidante Sidney Blumenthal – and some of it was far from diplomatic.
Among the more caustic views shared with Clinton were Blumenthal’s assessment of the congressional Republican Party on the day the party recaptured the House of Representatives and expanded its minority in the Senate in the 2010 midterm elections.
Rep. John Boehner, the minority leader elevated to speaker in that election, received the most cutting evaluation. In Blumenthal’s view he was “louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle,” despised by younger lawmakers who were “repelled by his behavior.”
Not stopping there, Blumenthal, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, went on to describe Boehner as “careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody’s enduring loyalty.”
Turning to then-Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House minority whip who would soon become House Majority Leader, Blumenthal called him the “vehicle” of Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
“Malcolm Hoenlein has been raising money hand over fist for the Republicans through Eric Cantor, now his vehicle,” Blumenthal told Clinton. “The donors are many of the same U.S. donors to Bibi and Likud. Implications obvious.”