Yesterday was a day of outrage. The vast majority of Republicans, Bernie Sanders diehards, and even a handful of Hillary Clinton’s own supporters were angered over the bizarre press conference by FBI Director James Comey that ended with a declaration of no charges. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to take stock of where we really stand. It’s not a bad place for Republicans.
Once again, Hillary has been declared as being above the law. Donald Trump once said that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose voters. That may be partially true, but he’d still probably get arrested and convicted. Hillary probably wouldn’t. That’s the world we live in, a world in which the Obama administration does everything it can to shield Democrats while demonizing Republicans.
There’s a bright side to all of this. The silver lining is that nearly everything that Comey said prior to revealing his recommendation to the Justice Department pointed to the facts that Hillary was negligent, irresponsible, and put America’s secrets at risk. If the betting markets could be tracked in real time through his press conference, money would have sharply tilted towards Comey recommending charges based upon the facts that he laid out. This won’t go unnoticed and will (should) run in ads from now until the election.
Now for the best news: Hillary will be the Democratic nominee. This was the last roadblock she needed to circumvent and she accomplished it, though she didn’t come out unscathed. The worst Democratic candidate in decades, possibly ever, is going to be running and that’s good news for Republicans. Had Joe Biden been forced to step in or even if Sanders had been allowed to claim the prize, Republicans would have a harder challenge from the top of the ticket down. With Clinton, there’s still a common foe that Republicans and Independents can fight against, particularly on the down-ballot races.
Unfortunately, the GOP is still currently hampered at the top of the ticket. Clinton is the worst Democratic nominee, but she faces the worst Republican nominee. It’s a race to the bottom for the two major candidates. Sadly, Hillary would be easily defeated by just about any other Republican nominee, but that is unlikely to happen unless a miracle manifests before the convention.
The best news we have is that Republicans running for Congress, Senate, and in governor’s races can latch onto the anti-Hillary sentiment. There will be plenty of people who will hold their nose and vote for Hillary because she’s running against Trump, but at least they’re more likely to put checks and balances into practice by also voting for Republicans in other races.