Cast your mind back over the many, many scandals the Clintons have been involved in: Whitewater, Travelgate, Vince Foster, cattle futures, Monica Lewinsky, etc., etc. Has anything ever stuck? As far as I know, the answer is “No.”
Which brings me to Director Comey’s assertion that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring the case against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified materials and compromising our national security (but she didn’t mean to). What do you suppose Director Comey meant by “reasonable prosecutor”?
A friend from London just wrote me with what I think is the answer: “Maybe,” he wrote, “Mr. Comey was referring to the rain of abuse that showered down on Kenneth Starr, the last person who thought he had a Clinton dead to rights?” Would any reasonable person wish that upon himself?
The writer, Roger Kimball – a conservative, of course, since he’s speaking against Hillary – waxes existential as he gazes upon Caligula, despairs for the nation and wonders ‘what’s wrong with these damned voters?’
I keep thinking that the lawlessness and corruption of our government will cause the people to rise up and throw the bums out. I keep being disappointed.
Will this flagrant violation of the public trust finally do the trick? Could the stench of corruption be any more blatant? … It is astonishing what just happened. Maybe, just possibly, the people will finally rise up and say Basta! Maybe. But when I shush everyone and cock my ear what I hear is . . . crickets.
And I idly wonder – what, precisely, would he have them do? Which bums does he want thrown out this time, and with whom would they be replaced? Who would select the new bums?
I’m quite certain he’s not feigning his confusion. But all he has to do is look behind him six short years, to the last time a bunch of conservative voters got their backs up, threw out a bunch of corrupt liberal bums and replaced them with new-in-box, fresh conservative bums – who betrayed them in office so quick they hadn’t even lost that new-in-office smell. They insist, these conservative writers and activists, on failing to notice that there is no functional difference between the parties, and that it is impossible to reform an institution that is in fact working exactly the way it’s designed to.
If voters have tuned out and moved on as if the machinations of Mordor-On-The-Potomac are as irrelevant to their lives as the decadence of Rome was to life in the imperial provinces, what do these people expect? It’s the most intelligent thing they can do.
The Hillary apologists are right about one thing, you know: It really is time to move on – not from Hillary scandals, which are evergreen, but from holding out any hope for any part of the political class. We need to stop waiting for somebody on high to make us more free, and work on building our own individual freedom in a deliberately unfree world.