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.