No I am not quoting Hillary Clinton, I am posing the question. News of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server spread like wildfire across the news and social media yesterday. Naturally Republicans took immediate notice as did Democrats, most likely for the same reason. While there are some on both sides who hope this scandal might finally be the one that puts an end to her political aspirations, the reality is that we’re talking about Hillary Clinton here, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up just yet.
The question remains then, what difference does it make? The answer to that question depends on who you are. For Republicans it doesn’t mean much, at least not at this point. The mere existence of this scandal will very likely have no impact on her decision to run for President. While it is entirely possible that at some point this revelation might yield evidence of wrongdoing that will bring her down, we cannot forget that Hillary long ago mastered the art of withholding documents and covering up evidence. She did not go to all these lengths to keep her communications secret just to save the most incriminating ones in a separate file to turn over once she was caught; no, you can be sure those emails are now just a pile of virtual ash and no subpoena or FOIA request will ever change that.
Democrats are justifiably becoming uneasy about the 2016 campaign because this scandal came along just in time to remind them of who they are dealing with, and the corruption that seems to follow the Clintons where ever they go. When Bill Clinton was President the scandals were a problem, but Bill was able to use his youth, good looks, and easy-going charm to play the good ole’ boy routine while Hillary worked feverishly in the background to make sure nothing every brought him down. It will be different with another Clinton administration because personality wise Hillary comes across as the polar opposite of Bill – old, unattractive, severe, and mean. While she might well weather this storm, the potential is there for more revelations to come out which could destroy her chances of winning, and could possibly result in criminal prosecutions. The decision Democrats will have to make is, are they willing to put all of their eggs in one basket, or will they have to give Hillary at least one primary challenger as insurance?
I believe it will be the latter. Although a couple of Democrats have in the past expressed some interest in running, none of them have been making overt plans to do so, but that could change over the next couple of weeks. Already Joe Biden, who has been quietly ‘biden’ his time (sorry, the pun was in me and it just had to come out), has made just enough noise to remind the other potential candidates that as Vice-President it is he who should have first choice. If this situation continues to worsen for Hillary, look for him to reassert himself as the rightful heir to the Obama throne.
For voters this should be a huge red flag. Unfortunately most of the younger voters don’t remember the scandal plagued Presidency of Bill Clinton. They know he was impeached, but to them it was just over a little side action, something everyone has come to expect from good ole’ Bill. They know little or nothing of the other, more serious lapses in ethics by the Clinton, nor are they interested in learning about them. ‘At this point, what difference does it make?’ they will ask. The question they should be asking however, is what can this woman possibly bring to the table that will be worth putting the country through yet another scandal ridden administration? Hillary has no accomplishments that she can point to without first consulting an attorney, if she has any new ideas she has yet to produce them, and she brings with her more baggage than any politician on the face of the earth. Is she worth it? Perhaps just as importantly, could she survive her first term in office without becoming the second Clinton to be impeached?
For Hillary, the difference this will make is that her inevibility has been shattered and her coronation is in doubt. While she certainly has the money to get her through a primary, it is doubtful that a lack of funds would be her downfall. If Biden should run against her, you can be sure he knows enough about her activities as Secretary of State to bring her down, and just the threat of using that information could be enough to force her out of the campaign. I suspect she and Obama made a deal that was supposed to pave the way for her to get the Democrat nomination, but all of that will go out of the window if she is too vulnerable. Needless to say, Obama is well versed enough in Chicago politics that he is in a position to hand the nomination to Biden if he chooses, although Hillary surely has some mud available to sling as well.
This could get very interesting before it’s over.