May 20, 2016 ยท 1 minute

Robert Gates has been busy this election run-up.

Earlier this month, he appeared on ABC News to talk about his “concerns” over the idea of Donald Trump as Commander in Chief. Then yesterday he showed up on Yahoo, with Katie Couric, to discuss (amongst other things) the very important issue Hillary Clinton’s email server.

"There are obviously a lot of questions about her judgment and her policy positions subsequent to when I left" the cabinet, he said. "There's the whole email thing, which I think is really a concern in terms of her judgment."

Pressed on the matter, Gates added, "I don't know what originally prompted her to think that was a good idea."


Just let that phrase float around in your brain for a bit. “Really a concern in terms of her judgment” Because if there’s one thing Bob Gates is an expert on, it’s errors of judgement.

This, after all, is the man who retired from public service -- as former head of the CIA and Secretary of Defense -- and took a job at Uber.

What was that phrase again? "Questions about her judgment...”

This is the man who, while still at the DOD, had the excellent judgment to hire a young staffer by the name of… Emil Michael. That’s the same Emil Michael who later also joined Uber and dragged the company even further into the gutter by famously threatening to smear journalists including Pando’s Sarah Lacy.

"I don't know what originally prompted her to think that was a good idea."

And, most recently, this is the man who -- hot on the heels of Uber’s various privacy scandals -- thought it was a good idea to publicly moot a policy position that tech companies should collaborate more closely with the government when it comes to building backdoors in encryption.

"There are obviously a lot of questions about her judgment and her policy positions…”

Still, it must give Hillary some comfort to know Gates’ views aren’t shared by everyone at Uber. It was, after all, Uber investor Shervin Pishevar who hosted Clinton’s recent mega-fundraiser right here in Silicon Valley. That should make for some awkward scenes at the next Uber Christmas party.