For months, Hillary’s opponents have been awaiting the results of the federal investigation into her use of a private server for her State emails. The results are in — and although mistakes were made (as Hillary has acknowledged), FBI Director Comey was clear: “No reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
We have long contended that Hillary is one of the most ethical political leaders in America; that she is fundamentally honest and trustworthy; that she does not have a trust and honesty problem; that her released emails reveal her to be someone to admire, not someone to distrust.
Hillary said herself that her vicious detractors, whose hopes for her political demise have been hung on this investigation, would be deeply disappointed; that their “fondest wishes will not be fulfilled.” At the same time, she admitted that she made mistakes with her email server and that she regretted doing it.
It was still a mistake. And as I’ve said many times, if I could go back, I would do it differently.
Now, we have clarity on something that has dominated coverage of the 2016 election. The FBI announced, after its more than year-long investigation, that no criminal charges were appropriate in this case. At the same time, they also confirmed that the mistakes Hillary conceded were indeed worthy of her regrets.
We have repeatedly warned Hillary’s ideological opponents – and competitors of all descriptions – that staking their reputations on a devastating outcome of this investigation, necessarily predicated on the idea that she acted in a way that was anything less than honest and ethical, was a foolhardy proposition.
Now, like the legions of discredited attackers who have tried and failed to destroy her over the last three decades, their reputations are crashing against the shores of her integrity.
This is what happens – it’s what always happens – when people can’t see past their own hatred of Hillary to understand who she really is.
Those who base their opinions and beliefs about her on decades of pervasive false narratives, casually relying on lies and smears which conspire to draw a grotesque caricature, instead of actually paying attention to the human behind the twisted cartoon, are not seeing reality for what it is.
If you want to be right, rather than embarrassingly and catastrophically wrong, then you’re wise to expect integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior from Hillary, rather than the precise opposite.
But Hillary’s haters simply can’t help themselves. They’ve been slavering with anticipation for an outcome that was never going to happen.
And now they’re left with nothing to hang their hopes on — and a candidate who is getting closer than ever to smashing the ultimate gender barrier.
[Peter Daou contributed to this article.]