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Hillary’s Vulnerability: Far Beyond Emails

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Republicans feel perplexed and indignant over the decision by FBI Director James Comey to recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the careless, likely illegal handling of her e-mails.

In responding to this troubling but predictable development, conservatives should avoid the temptation of focusing our ire on Director Comey instead of Hillary. In spite of his dubious decision, he’s an honorable public servant with a solid Republican background so it’s hard to see how attacking him advances a conservative agenda.

It’s also more productive and appropriate to concentrate on substantive issues rather than bureaucratic scandals—criticizing the candidate’s plans to raise taxes while increasing spending and regulation, highlighting her inept foreign policy performance as Secretary of State, and exposing the disturbing and dangerous conflicts of interest at the Clinton Foundation.

She’s a deeply vulnerable candidate, and the receding e-mail imbroglio will look like the least of her worries—unless Republicans play into her hands.

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Jul 8, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Hillary has ZERO VULNERABILITY!!! Are you joking? She owns the Executive Branch of government and George Soros rigs the precincts for her with a few million illegals voting early and often every election cycle. The Republicans are, like always, no where to be found. We understand Ryan will come out with the GOP platform one week before the convention, unless he's too nervous. Wow a platform, one week before the GOP convention. Wow. And of course, he will bash Trump a little bit. Riveting. Oh well, another election, ho hum. I bet Ryan will give his talk on a Friday night or maybe Saturday morning. That's RNC strategy for ya, way out in front on the cutting edge of national politics. I'm positive Hillary is trembling about this one. Her vulnerability is in serious peril.

  2. Kevin Brackett  •  Jul 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    It's quite possible to recognize Jim Comey for turning the FBI into just another political hack government bureaucracy, like the FDA and the IRS, while at the same time recognizing that Hilary and Bill are extremely corrupt, and quite willing to make life a living hell for those that threaten to derail their acquisition and exercise of power. After all look at the process that Ken Starr went through. He got to the brink of coming up with results that could have caused large problems for the Clintons, and begged off at the last minute as well. (But he and his family are still alive which is something you cannot say about Vince Foster).

  3. Harvey Homan  •  Jul 9, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I'm seventy and in discussing Hillary with fellow seniors I hear a lot of them lament the fall of the country into socialism, racial chaos, and economic ruin. We'll be gone and may not have to suffer the worst of what's to come, but we fear for our children and grandchildren. I sure wish minorities would wake up to how they've been used by democrats. The Clintons have used blacks as their base, pandered to them, but given them nothing but welfare and increased their feelings of victimization. I most lament the fall of a true Republican party. God, do we need term limits!

    • Jim Bird  •  Jul 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      M I C H A E L M E D V E D, R E A D T H I S.

      WHAT MR. HOMAN HAS STATED HERE IS WHAT THE VOTING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ACROSS EVERY AISLE KNOWS TO BE TRUE. BUT HILLARY WILL WIN BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION, COERCION AND CRONYISM. SHE IS A DISGUSTING THUG BUT YOU WILL VOTE FOR HER. I'M SURE THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS WILL VOTE FOR HER TOO. IT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME IN THE SLIGHTEST.

      • Barbara Wenders  •  Jul 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

        Jim Bird- pull your head out man. We finally have the Clintons over a barroll so stop being so negative! This is not a "business as usual" election. More and more folks are waking up to the corruption in this admin. and Killery's part she played in it as Sec. of State. Focus on singing the praises of Trump and his admin. choices and not on how corruption will win again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Raffael G Marco  •  Jul 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    At 92 plus years, I am afraid my progeny will experience the result of their previous political interests and not paying attention to how they exercised their privilege. I have lived through too many presidents and their administration failures to expect anything different unless TRUMP is elected. What do you have to loose, except EVERYTHING. I am only one voice but I will go to the netherworld or other world proclaiming TRUMP. Amen

    • Jim Bird  •  Jul 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Mr. Marco,
      Such wisdom and so perfectly stated. Thank you.

  5. Pat Allen  •  Jul 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    The critical message of the FBI investigation into the e-mails is that Hillary is a dishonest, manipulative, mightier-than-thou, figurehead of a corrupt political enterprise. People seem to finally be getting it – considering that recent polls show that 65% of Americans think she should have been prosecuted. I think Trump does a good job of not bogging down in policy minutia that bores the average voter to death and makes simple (albeit sometimes simple minded) statements of his positions. I care more for what his attitude is toward some of these issues and not so much for a 12 point plan of how he's going to address those issues. I especially am alarmed by conservatives that are telling him to spell out his specific policies on some issues – that was the failed strategy of our last two "milk toast" republican candidates, and how did that turn out.

  6. James  •  Jul 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Republicans and Democrats have at least one thing in common – a Hobson's choice.

  7. John D. Fiat  •  Jul 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Hmmm. But don't you think it's important to figure out who got to Comey, and why? Somebody must have some dirt on him! And if we can uncover that, Billary is toast.

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