I’m saying, specifically, that she’s simply being hypocritical …
His money was good enough as a donor, until it wasn’t.
Weinstein had a known history, but to claim ignorance of your more powerful donor base until they get themselves caught is simply disingenuous.
I’m not making an argument for guilt-by-association.
I am saying that pretending to not know about a known problem, and then act as if one must fall in line with the preferred narrative (now that it is inconvenient) is the kind of wagon-circling privilege that HRC can’t make. The victims themselves can make that argument, but she can’t.
Hillary is not a victim here. Her commiseration with the victims is what is appalling.
Now, if Hillary made an argument claiming that she knew nothing at all about Weinstein’s background, that would be an argument from ignorance … and would not lend anything to her reputation for competence as a inside deal-maker.
Instead, she argues from a position of moral outrage, when in fact her previous personal family experience should have warned her about the political risk of fallout from inappropriate sexual behavior.
Politics is as much establishing a compromise with one’s own ethical behavior, as it is about rubbing shoulders with people who share few moral qualms.
But the point is that the grounding for the compromises is a sense of ethics: either how to justify one’s own behavior ethically, or how to chart a course when all choices seem morally dubious.
The moral dubiousness of our current political quagmire should make any principled politician’s behavior positively stand out.
The problem is that this statement by HRC seems more akin with “me-too-ism.” That’s not only disrespectful of people victimized, it is yet par-for-the-course for most politicians on the left or right.
So it boils down to this: it’s either a mediocre form of CYA, or a mediocre form of hand-wringing. Which makes her statement seem irrelevant rather than supportive.
EDIT TO ADD:
She could have said something like the following:
“We have taken steps to ensure that people who may have abused their power in ways such as those alleged against Mr. Weinstein are recognized in the financial audit process of donations to our organization. We believe this is an effective method of countering political corruption from people who might otherwise infiltrate the process of building true and meaningful changes into our political system. I have personally taken steps to rigorously review our ethics policies, and will continue to strive for moral accountability of ourselves and the people with whom we build partnerships. My personal feelings of outrage about this matter can never completely do justice for victims of sexual assault. I continue to support justice for all victims of sexual assault, regardless of circumstance… etc”