" … what should disturb Obama, who bypassed his own vice president to lay out the red carpet for Hillary, is that the email transgression is not a one off. It’s part of a long pattern of ethical slipping and sliding, obsessive secrecy and paranoia, and collateral damage.
Comey’s verdict that Hillary was “negligent” was met with sighs rather than shock. We know who Hillary and Bill are now. We’ve been held hostage to their predilections and braided intrigues for a long time. (On the Hill, Comey refused to confirm or deny that he’s investigating the Clinton Foundation, with its unseemly tangle of donors and people doing business with State.)
We’re resigned to the Clintons focusing on their viability and disregarding the consequences of their heedless actions on others. They’re always offering a Faustian deal. This year’s election bargain: Put up with our iniquities or get Trump’s short fingers on the nuclear button.
The Clintons work hard but don’t play by the rules. Imagine them in the White House with the benefit of low expectations." Maureen Dowd in the NY Times
Panicked? Yes indeed! Why should they not be?
A significant attempt is underway to re-program Trump as a more plausible person who could be trusted with the actual ability to launch a nuclear strike without congressional action. That ability is a vestige of the Cold War when it was thought that MAD required it. Do we still need for the president/commander in chief to have that actual power? Is there really a threat of such immediacy that the concentration of such apocalyptic power is justified? The neo-cons and neo-liberals are trying to re-start the Cold War. Why are they doing that? I don't know. I don't see what the actual, as opposed to notional, threat from Russia consists of. In any event can Trump actually be trusted when in office? That is the question and I expect that will remain the principal question.
Hillary is not trusted by the public. She polls at around 20% with regard to whether or not people across the country trust her. Can one actually and successfully govern with that low a level of public trust? The Democrats undoubtedly think that they will re-capture control of the senate because of mistrust of Trump, but is that really true in light of the level of mistrust of Clinton?
Baggage? She has a lot of it.
1. Health. There are massive questions, unresolved by her physician's statements, as to the actual state of her health. How bad was her head injury? Has she had a series of micro-strokes? What about her numerous blood-clot incidents? What is the total effect of the prescription drugs that she takes, drugs designed to keep her alive by keeping her blood thin? How much is she medicated for stress and anxiety?
2. Legal problems. Comey let her off on the issue or whether or not she could be successfully prosecuted for malpractice with regard to government secrets but a number of other issues remain. Representatives Gowdy and Chaffetz have their staffs perusing all of HC's sworn statement to Congress looking for material upon which to make a "referral" to the FBI for an investigation of possible perjury. Comey declined to discuss before Chaffetz' committee the question of whether or not there is a different ongoing FBI investigation into the operations of the CGI and the Clinton Foundation and possible intersections of HC's receptivity at State to foreign people or groups who were or later became donors to the CGI and the Clinton Foundation. There is also a question concerning the Greece centered hedge fund activities of HC's son in law, Mezvinsky. It has been alleged that HC provided Mezvinsky US government secret material concerning the intentions of various European leaders with regard to propping up the Greek economy. This would have obviously been useful to Mezvinsky in making "bets" in the markets on Greek economic recovery. He was a miserable failure at doing that but that would not obviate HC's culpability if she did give him US Government information especially if, as it is said to me, some of this were SIGINT products.
IMO if HC faced anyone but Trump she would be "toast." pl