God help Hillary Clinton come up with an excuse for her scandals that’s even remotely believable.
Her excuse for the damning revelations from the Wikileaks hack hasn’t been to deny the validity of what they’ve released, but to blame it on “Russian hackers.” To that I’d say – so what? The leaked Access Hollywood tape from 2005 that put Trump in hot water weeks ago may have been illegally recorded, but did Hillary refuse to comment on that tape because it was obtained illegally? Of course not. The truth is still the truth, even when obtained by Russian hackers.
After the FBI reopened its investigation into her emails, Hillary adopted the same strategy and attacked the messenger. “By providing selective information, he’s allowed partisans to distort & exaggerate to inflict maximum political damage,” said John Podesta of James Comey. Hillary called Comey’s decision “deeply troubling.”
If Comey wasn’t a partisan when he let Hillary Clinton off the hook for committing a crime for which others have gone to prison, he isn’t one for reopening the investigation in light of new evidence. It’s also hilarious to see the Clinton camp, which has been blasting Trump’s rhetoric about a “rigged election,” while complaining that the Russians, and now James Comey, are interfering with the election. Apparently investigating crimes is now “interfering.”
The Hillary camp is attempting damage control – but even liberals are jumping ship. Now the Chicago Tribune (which leans Left, but officially endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson) is asking for Hillary to step aside.
To quote from their piece: FBI director James Comey’s announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign. That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious.
This can’t be about pervert Anthony Weiner and his reported desire for a teenage girl. But it can be about the laptop of Weiner’s wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and emails between her and Hillary. It comes after the FBI investigation in which Comey concluded Clinton had lied and been “reckless” with national secrets, but said he could not recommend prosecution.
So what should the Democrats do now?
If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process: They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place.
Democrats should say, honestly, that with a new criminal investigation going on into events around her home-brew email server from the time she was secretary of state, having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea.
Since Oct. 7, WikiLeaks has released 35,000 emails hacked from Clinton campaign boss John Podesta. Now WikiLeaks, no longer a neutral player but an active anti-Clinton agency, plans to release another 15,000 emails.
What if she is elected? Think of a nation suffering a bad economy and continuing chaos in the Middle East, and now also facing a criminal investigation of a president. Add to that congressional investigations and a public vision of Clinton as a Nixonian figure wandering the halls, wringing her hands.
If Kaine were to take Hillary’s place as the Democrat nominee, I think people would only care about his stance on a single issue: whether or not he’d pardon Hillary Clinton.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]