Hillary Clinton today escaped an FBI recommendation that she be indicted. Many of my conservative friends are furious. Whether they're right to be is not my point here.
My point is that presidential elections are not won merely by staying out of jail, and that Comey's effective indictment of Sec. Clinton as a potential President was devastating. Her behavior -- in her give-a-hoot attitude toward national security and her repeated, flagrant lying about what she was actually doing with her email servers -- was spelled out in breathtaking detail. And, as Comey noted in a little-cited comment near the end of his remarks:
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
Translation: If some State Department flunky sitting at a cubical had done the same thing, he would, at the minimum, get his security clearance lifted and would receive a letter of censure. But the head of the agency did it, and now wants -- ready now? -- a promotion to be President.
Many criminals get away with it, simply because, for one reason or another, they're never brought to court. But Ms. Clinton is, by her own choice, before a different court -- the court of public opinion. In that forum, the evidence disclosed today establishes proof of dishonor, and breach of duty, beyond a reasonable doubt.