I know it’s going to take time to sink in, but today’s news on the FBI not recommending Hillary Clinton’s prosecution is big. Really big. Benghazi and the emails are now off the table. The Fox News crowd took its very best swift-boating shots, and they’ve fallen short. Hillary Clinton is stronger now–and it’s because of the far right. She looks like the survivor of an ordeal. She has gravitas in age and experience. This contrasts with Donald Trump, who has never risked himself in life, ever. He skirted Vietnam and has lived the life of a rich man behind walls, protected from consequences by a team of ruthless lawyers. But Hillary has exposed herself to life and public shame, and has never given up. She’s fought men at their own political games, and won. People admire that. If the far right now harps on Benghazi and the emails anyway, and Trump dredges up old stuff from the 90s, it’s going to look very, very small of them; like sour grapes. They will be treating a strong woman unjustly, and I think voters will punish that. Hillary could blow the lay-up, of course, but it’s now a lay-up.
It certainly does change the conversation a bit, but I disagree that it changes things radically. Sure, the FBI may not be indicting her, but it’s still quite clear that she lied continually about her emails. If anything, the FBI’s report confirms her dishonesty and irresponsibility, as well strengthens the sense of superiority and elitism many suspect in her. I expect this will reaffirm people’s already-held convictions about Clinton–I guess your response shows that somewhat. If someone already liked her, she looks triumphant; if someone was suspicious of her, this confirms those suspicions.
Good points. We’ll have to see how this plays out. I may be too optimistic that Clinton is in the clear here, at least politically. Maybe it will be decisive to voters, but Trump’s antisemitism tweet has stepped on this story somewhat, pulling attention away from it. And aside from ads in swing states up through the election, it’s not easy to see how the story advances all that much from here. What we know, we know. The rest going forward is spin, which probably amounts to a wash. Clinton lives to fight another day.
I think that’s right. That’s one thing Clinton certainly is: a fighter. You’ve got to give her that.