On the TV screen, I’m watching Obama and Hillary descend the stairway from the presidential jet in North Carolina. They’re at a Clinton campaign event, just hours after FBI Director James Comey announced this morning that there would be no charges recommended against Clinton – in spite of her culpable gross negligence with national security secrets.
The announcement of the joint campaign stop was first reported Monday afternoon, as far as I can tell. This means Obama knew at that point that there would be no charges recommended. It means he undoubtedly knew it early in the weekend, if not before, since this is his first major event after the holiday.
It’s also his first campaign appearance on Hillary’s behalf. It’s not as if he’s been running around helping her campaign with the potential for a federal indictment hanging over her head. He’s free to appear with her now precisely because there won’t be an indictment.
The unseemly haste here stands out like a pulsating neon sign in a desert night. It’s probably the most in-your-face aspect of this whole Hillary drama. It’s like barely waiting for the monitor to flatline before starting a squabble over the dearly departed’s bank account and furniture. Ding, dong, the indictment’s waved aside – let’s get this party started!
By boosting Hillary mere hours after she gets a full walk from national-security felonies, which Comey clearly indicated she was guilty of, Obama shows exactly where he stands on law and order. He’s just been watching the clock for a scheduled, cavalier dismissal of law and order, in favor of politics.
Look, we knew this about both Obama and Hillary. We already knew they don’t care about law and order. But I’m still just a little amazed at their complete, unabashed disregard for the people’s sense of justice and propriety.
Wait a week, Obama, for crying out loud. Hillary, give it a day, before the band strikes up again. Look pensive. Reflect for public consumption on how you regret your “mistakes” and take the obligations that come with the people’s trust seriously.
But they’re not even pretending anymore. This is where too many right-wing pundits get it wrong, when they say (as I’m hearing Michael Medved say this very minute) that the Comey announcement will be “very damaging” for Hillary’s campaign. How so, exactly? Is there anyone whose mind will be changed by it?
Clearly, the political judgment of Hillary and Obama is that they don’t even have to pay attention to it. Obama and Hillary are treating a years-long federal-agency investigation of actual wrongdoing as if it was just a political annoyance, something to now celebrate being shut of. Hillary hasn’t been vindicated; she’s been given a get-out-of-jail-free card. But Obama has rushed out to help her celebrate as if she’s been vindicated.
Does anyone doubt that the MSM will play along?
The two pols are playing to their base, of course, which doesn’t care how many laws they break. They’re being who they are.
But it’s certainly food for thought for the rest of us, as Kurt Schlichter pointed out in his 4 July column at Townhall. The column’s title is “You Owe them Nothing – Not Respect, not Loyalty, not Obedience.” He’s right.