Now we get a little glimpse of the thinking of those working for Hillary Clinton. Wikileaks has exposed an email of John Halpin a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Staff. He must know Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. He sent him the email under discussion to his personal gmail account. He sent the same email to Jenifer Palmieri who was president of the CAP at the time.
Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager; Palmieri is HIllary’s communications director. Both are in continuing contact with Hillary. Is she an anti-Catholic bigot?
Does she have the same attitude toward Catholics as that of the early founders of our country? Or, is she more like George Washington who had no problems with them? One way to find out is to see her associates.
Both Podesta and Palmieri have Italian fathers. Podesta is a practicing Catholic who displays icons associated with his mother’s Greek Orthodox religion in his office. Capieri’s father served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer and is a catholic. .To understand what motivates her you can read about her here.
John Halpin wrote this email in 2011 Under the subject “Conservative Catholicism.” It read:“Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups. It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
Palmieri responded: “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
Halpin replied to her: “Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.”
It is not clear whether Podesta ever read any of this. At the time Podesta was serving as a member of the Constitution Project‘s bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee. Both Halpin and Palmieri were with the CAP. None was in government service.
Before getting to the content of the email consider this. That Podesta is seeing his emails being published should be a lesson to everyone who uses email. It is all discoverable. Whenever you write an email you must imagine it on the front page of your local newspaper. It will last forever. It may come back and bite you long after you hit the send button. Be cautious, be wise, and be alert to the dangers of emailing someone.
What is the effect of this email. One headline read: “Catholics: Fire Clinton Aide Palmieri for Wikileaked Email.”
The article noted that Brian Burch the head of CatholicVote.org is quoted as saying: “there’s no evidence John Podesta ever pushed back at these smears against Catholicism . . . had Palmieri spoken this way about other groups she would have been dismissed. Palmieri must resign immediately or be fired.”
The ubiquitous Catholic League President Bill Donohue said Clinton should punish both Podesta and Palmieri for being bigots. He is quoted as saying: “These anti-Catholic remarks are bad enough, but it makes one wonder what else Clinton‘s chiefs, and others associated with the campaign, are saying about Catholics and Catholicism.”
I first heard about this email I believe from Newt Gringrich on Fox News. He said: “Callista and I both feel assault not just on Catholicism but on people of faith, the callousness, the contempt. Now we know what Hillary meant by deplorables. It’s people of faith.”
Talk about at tempest in a tea pot this is one of the biggest.
I used to think the lefties were the ones without a sense of humor now it’s beginning to look like the righties also lack one. Halpin was joking suggesting Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thompson seem to be the least likely type to people to be going into the Catholic Church since they did not seem like the people interested in the Church’s mission.
Palmieri suggests as a reason for them doing it was that being Catholic was more acceptable to their friends than being evangelical. Halpin agrees saying they can use big words like “Thomasitc” thought and no one would know what they were talking about.
Where is there anything anti-Catholic in the email. I don’t know Halpin’s religion but the two Italians are Catholic so it is a real stretch calling them anti-Catholics or thinking someone would send them an anti-Catholic email.
The Catholic Church is big house: the conservatives Burch and Donohue and Gringrich represent only a small group. They are all over the news based on a 5 years old email but have not spoken out about Donald Trump’s many dalliances.
I’d say it was strange other than it has become normal for one not to see the telephone pole in his eye while pointing to the splinter in another’s.