Like an aging athlete who was upset in the last Olympics, Hillary Clinton desperately pursues her last chance for the record books. And as Republican politicians and donors get increasingly comfortable with their candidate, the other party now threatens to implode. Bernie Sanders, who raises a critical issue – the wealth gap – without providing a solution, is becoming a bald and rumpled edition of Trump, driven by ego, feeding off his crowds, hammering Hillary; while Trump remains empty and dangerous – dangerous precisely because he is so empty. The email affair is deeply troubling, and it isn’t going away. In fact, it could get a lot worse. A friend who served in the state department years ago told me that Clinton’s handling of classified material, even if well-intentioned, might still be an indictable offense. Meanwhile, the wagons have circled and her apologists do what they always do – obfuscate, split hairs, deny. They even blame the state department, although Clinton ran the place.
She has a far deeper problem than likability. In fact, those who know Clinton seem to like her, and while she may make a good president, she is proving a terrible candidate, driven by a toxic combination of entitlement and concealment. She could lose the California primary, and who knows what will happen at the Democratic convention in July?
In this election the road not taken is the high road. It’s not on Donald Trump’s map. If Hillary Clinton were to take responsibility for her actions, she could still find it.