As is their procedure, the Department of State released the next batch of Clinton emails, and as is per usual, there's nothing there at all. That didn't stop Politico from devoting many words to no news.
Here's one of them which gives the flavor of the type of information they believe the public needs to know:
In a January 2012 email from Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former top aide told Abedin that her son "said S [Secretary Clinton] looks like Lisa Kudrow! High praise indeed... pse pass it on."
"Truly, Alexander, the younger, watched her walk in to Congress and said: 'she looks like Lisa Kudrow —you know, on Friends....'," she added.
Abedin then passed along the message to Clinton, writing, "This is a nice compliment[.] Lisa is an attractive actress!"
Clinton's response is fully redacted.
Abedin's response to that email: "[Redacted] certainly thinks you are cameron diaz!!"
There's more stuff about her hair and Ben Affleck and Lady Gaga and how she doesn't know how to make emojis for her Blackberry and properly use the fax machine. You know, all the essential stuff.
As digby notes after the quote, this is what they do. Pay people lots and lots of money to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton every way they can, so that everyone can tell each other what a terrible person she is.
Seriously, reading these emails is such a snore. It's like reading your inbox, or yours, or yours over there. Do you really want to read my emails about how I really love that funny dog toy and might pick it up for the granddog's Christmas stocking?
I do understand why Republicans are so annoyed by Sidney Blumenthal's rants, though. I'm sure John Boehner really didn't like being called a blackout-drunk alcoholic:
Poor Drinky Drunky John, the Drunk. “He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle” and also “careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody’s enduring loyalty.” And Boehner’s “a would-be DeLay without the whip. He’s the one at the end of the lash.” Yes, feel free to read that as “he’s P-whipped,” even if there are no women in this scenario.
Well, the GOP loonies won't have John Boehner to kick around anymore, but they might want to hire Sidney Blumenthal away, if only for comic relief.