Insight: if it weren’t the emails, it would be something else.
We knew that, didn’t we? we just didn’t think of it that way.
We thought “if only she hadn’t decided to use her own server...“ It wasn’t such a horrible decision; it was just less than perfect and it gave her political enemies something to make into a huge deal. And of course they were looking for something; she knew that, so she shouldn’t have made that choice.
But they were going to find something. If it weren’t the emails, it would have been something else, and the oligarchy that want to neutralize her would have made it (whatever it was) as familiar a theme as the emails are, with as many complications and surprises and bombshells.
Hillary Clinton has not lived a small life. She has used her great intelligence, talent, and energy to work in big ways for human rights, for resolving international conflicts, for finding ways to address inequities that are damaging lives. To do that, she has needed to build connections with some of the most powerful people in the world, some with great wealth, some with political position, so she would be able to get their attention and persuade them to do what they otherwise would not do. That brings her into the heart of some of the tough choices most of us view only from the outside, from a distance.
We keep our hands clean by staying clear of all that — but we don’t do much to solve the problems. She has done much.
And the fact is, even living smaller, quieter lives, we are not as clean as we like to think. We’re just beneath the radar. If somebody had the motivation to search through the details of what we’ve done, they could find some error, some shortcut, some act of expediency that could be shown as inexcusable.
Hillary Clinton knew a long time ago how that works. She chose to go on with her efforts, in a big way, to "do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” That meant gaining power.
Somebody is going to have the power.
I’m with her.