The blockbuster announcement last Friday that the FBI was going back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation has many wondering if Donald Trump can overcome his polling deficit to rise to a shocking victory on election day. There is excitement among Republicans, who have been downcast and frustrated throughout October, resigning themselves to another four years of the Obama agenda. Could it be that we still have a chance?
But it should shame all of us that it’s even a question. Hillary Clinton is very clearly unfit to be president of the United States. Hell, she’s unfit to hold public office of any kind, much less a federal position that would require security clearance. If she applied for a job at the State Department next year, she would be laughed out of Washington. But the American people are this close to making her the most powerful woman in the free world. How can that possibly be?
Put aside politics. Pretend that Hillary is a Republican. Nothing changes. This isn’t about her spotty record as a New York senator. It’s not about her foreign policy failings as secretary of state. It’s not even about her husband’s disturbing history of sexual assault.
This is about Bill and Hillary Clinton – two people who have become one of the most dangerous power couples in American history. Not through a lifetime of selfless public service; through decades of corruption, crime, and powerlust.
It’s been confounding to watch Republicans abandon Donald Trump because they can’t morally support someone who talks the way he talks. Someone who gets into icky feuds with people who aren’t relevant. Someone who says the kinds of things he said on that Access Hollywood tape.
In any other year, their position might be defensible. If this was Trump against Biden, you could almost see where they were coming from.
But Trump’s opponent isn’t Joe Biden. It’s not even Obama. It’s Hillary Clinton. And while we may not have Hillary on tape saying things like “grab her by the p**sy,” no one is confused about her moral character. She is a proven, habitual, pathological liar whose negligence has gotten Americans killed. She is a criminal who put our national security in jeopardy for the sake of her own “convenience.” Compared to her, Donald Trump is Mr. Rogers.
As a country, we’ve been complaining about political corruption for as long as any of us have been alive. This year, we are faced with a nominee who is the living embodiment of that corruption. On the other side, we have a guy who – while far from perfect – has promised to “drain the swamp.” Can he do it? Who knows.
But isn’t it worth trying?