In a public, straightforward speech, Comey excoriated Clinton for multiple misdeeds but mostly determined the former Secretary of State was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information contained in emails. The main reason the FBI did not recommend punishment was that there was no evidence to indicate “intent” to misuse the email system or that she was grossly negligent. This does not mean there wasn’t intent; it means there was insufficient evidence to support it.
By the thinnest of margins, Hillary escaped the legal morass that would have all but killed her chances of being elected though this “scandal” will be kept alive by her opponent and the GOP throughout the remainder of the campaign. Moreover, a poll showed that 56 percent opposed her exoneration, and that’s not good. Nonetheless, the threat of indictment has vanished and is clear to run.
Then there was the worry that Sanders would launch a third party campaign (after all, he's not a true Democrat), which would doom Hillary's chances for sure.
Donald Trump. The third lucky star is Hillary’s opponent, Donald Trump. Without going into the myriad reasons of how a Trump presidency would be a disaster on so many levels, Hillary lucked out by drawing an opponent even more disliked than her. Her trustworthiness polling is alarmingly low for a presidential contender and her negatives among voters are high, except Trump’s are even higher. Once an opinion is formed about trustworthiness, it is near impossible to reverse that. And the email matter did not help. #hocopolitics
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