CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 31, 2016 — The media held out as long as they could about the latest round of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, but now they are talking—and talking and talking. Speculation is rampant in the media, and it isn’t going to stop before the presidential election next week.
For every answer there are ten new questions. The circle of scandal widens like rings in the water after a pebble drops in the center. So, too, does the lying, but that is to be expected. And each new lie brings with it more dirt.
FBI Director James Comey set off a firestorm of controversy last Friday afternoon when he sent a letter to announce he is re-opening the e-mail case against Hillary Clinton. As the ripple effect continued, it brought with the names of Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin and Donna Brazile. There will be more. It’s a list that is guaranteed to grow even as the week progresses.
This time the media is being forced to report the story, and it isn’t going away any time soon, regardless of what happens November 8th.
Many people are wondering why Comey made his announcement just 11 days before the election, particularly after giving Clinton a clean bill of health several months ago. At that time some analysts were saying that Comey did not want to be “the guy” who influenced a presidential campaign.
That made sense. No matter who Comey personally supports, word was he did not want to dictate how people voted by creating an 11th hour scandal.
Even so, Comey did testify before Trey Gowdy’s congressional investigation with devastating background that laid out Clinton’s corruption to the American people. Considering the wealth of information Comey released, his refusal to prosecute Clinton gave the media a way out of reporting the story.
So what happened between then and now? Did Comey really uncover new information? Was he feeling guilty at letting his fellow FBI colleagues down? Or did he plan to do this all along in an effort to create an October surprise for reasons known only to him?
But there are other aspects to this story that make it murky.
For example, early voting is already in progress and was taking place when the story broke. How many Clinton voters would have changed their vote if the news had broken before they voted? Could that make enough difference to swing electoral votes in states where the election is neck and neck?
Then there is always the possibility of a backlash against Donald Trump by making Clinton a victim. Given the current climate and Clinton’s track record that is only an outside possibility, but when you consider this wacky election cycle who knows.
The Clintonistas are clearly worried. Every powerful Democrat is hitting the campaign trail to stump for Clinton in an effort to salvage enough blue state votes to carry her across the finish line. Less than a week ago, Clinton supporters were feeling confident about the “narrow path” for Donald Trump to reach the White House was getting tighter.
That said, much of that could have been spin in an effort to discourage Republican voters into thinking there is no need to vote. If that is true, and if the Clinton lead was more mirage than reality, then the panic today, and for the upcoming week, are definitely real.
Sadly, the media has become so much an arm of the Democratic party, combined with conservative opposition which is also 180-degrees biased in the other direction, it is virtually impossible for voters to get good, accurate information with which to make a valid choice.
That is one reason this election season is such a muddle but not the only one. The candidates themselves are clearly in the middle of the 2016 presidential fiasco. Neither is well-liked. One promises a new scandal on a daily basis for the next four years while the other is regarded by many as an egotistical, loud-mouthed buffoon.
With a week left, there is still a lifetime of possibilities that could arise to alter the election.
The only thing certain is that no matter what happens, the Hillary Clinton saga is not going away any time soon.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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