Hillary Clinton telling the truth

Hillary Clinton now says that using a private email server when she was secretary of state was "clearly not the best choice."

"I know people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why. I get it. "Clinton said while campaigning in Iowa. "So here’s what I want the American people to know. My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department. It clearly wasn’t the best choice. I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work, and I take responsibility for that decision. And I want to be as transparent as possible which is why I turned 55,000 pages, why I’ve turned over my server."

Oh, now she gets it, but it wasn’t all that long ago that her spokeswoman called the server issue "nonsense" and attempted to chalk it all up to just politics as usual.

That sort of harkened back to the time when Clinton herself blamed incessant stories about her husband’s rumored infidelities on a "vast right-wing conspiracy" orchestrated by Bill Clinton’s political opponents.

It turned out, for those who might have forgotten, that the stories were more than rumors and the conspiracy was within the White House itself.

But that was then, and Clinton is now so in favor of transparency that she recently turned over her server and thumb drives to investigators, who are combing through them.

With her poll numbers dropping, that decision – along with her latest admission – has the feel of being motivated political convenience as much as anything else.

"I’m confident that this process will prove that I never sent nor received any email that was marked classified," Clinton declared.

Even if that proves not to be true and there were classified emails on the server, so what? This is, after all, a government that is so obsessed with keeping things from the American people that we shouldn’t be surprised if some agency somewhere has classified the directions to the bathrooms. Besides, it’s not like the government has a watertight technology system. The Chinese probably read more of our government emails than some cabinet secretaries.

Whether there were classified documents on the server and whether her use of the server itself was permitted are, for the most part, smokescreens.

The larger issue confronting the Democratic frontrunner is that Clinton’s use of a private server calls into question her judgment. Using a private server also provides fuel for those who say she went that route because she was trying to hide something, and that she can’t be trusted.

That, as Vice President Joe Biden might say, is a big deal.