This is hardly a good day for conservatives in America.
Conservatives should not rejoice over the resumption of the federal criminal probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified emails, purportedly due to the discovery of new and previously unexamined emails.
The subject of the probe reveals a carelessness which should shock Americans, and our leaders’ vulnerability. Most of all, the probe itself validates the erosion of Americans’ trust in the competence and judgment of our elected and appointed leaders.
For a nation which prides itself on being exceptional, the exception to the rule of tyranny and autocracy on this planet (and what’s inaccurately called American exceptionalism), this investigation threatens to confirm our mediocrity and moral infirmity and debase our standing in the eyes of our allies and, crucially, our enemies and detractors.
On the domestic front, Hillary may be weakened by this development and Donald Trump may receive a desperate last-week transfusion. An unacceptable-to-conservatives candidate being hit by another seriously flawed and equally unacceptable candidate.
But what’s missing here is the triumph of any conservative ideas. At most, what we see is the result of too much government overreach, too much bureaucracy and perhaps too much overcriminalization of bad judgment.
Stupid is not criminal, not even when committed by our opponents. Conservatives should never rejoice when they stand to benefit by an opponent’s risking losing his or her liberty. We are better than this.