Will Anthony Weiner Elect Donald Trump?

In eight days, this nightmare election are going to be more than. If Hillary Clinton does handle to win, Democrats and progressives will encounter a complex set of feelings.

First, obviously, sheer relief that American democracy was spared Donald Trump.

Second, some hope and great wishes - that Clinton can somehow break by means of the toxic Republican cynicism which has blocked progress on really serious national challenges; that she can begin to repair the harm to American democracy.

But third, there might be barely repressed fury that Clinton came so close to blowing it because of her personal bad judgment on a lot of fronts. A significantly less blemished candidate would be top the bizarre Donald Trump by double digits, and pulling along a Democratic senate majority. A narrow Clinton win is going to be a weak mandate.

Naturally, as Hillary Clinton got serious about an election run, there was absolutely nothing she could do in regards to the undesirable memories of Bill Clinton’s womanizing. That back story and its possible for harm was a offered.

As well as the outrageous behavior of FBI Director James Comey, just days prior to the election, was also beyond Clinton’s personal handle. As was the Russian complicity in leaks of confidential emails of Democratic strategists and other people close towards the Clintons.

But given the likelihood of all manner of dirty tricks, did she must hand her enemies a lot other ammunition?

Did she need to cozy up to Wall Street and take six-figure speaking charges and say such good items about bankers - recognizing that she would really likely run for president?

Did the Clinton Foundation need to co-mingle a lot of its own charitable works with enrichment possibilities for Bill, Hillary and their retinue of retainers led by Doug Band?

Did Clinton’s senior staff have to use easily hackable gmail accounts for confidential tactic conversations?

And once the disclosures about aide Huma Abedin’s pathetic husband, Anthony Weiner, went from sleazy to grotesque, why did Abedin not announce that she was leaving Clinton’s employ lest she become a distraction? That latest twist, when she lastly left Weiner, was two months ago.

Certainly, that alternative occurred to Abedin, to campaign chief John Podesta, and to Clinton herself. There is certainly loyalty to aides, for which Clinton is famous, after which there is loyalty to the republic. Abedin can not extremely effectively resign now below fire without having calling much more interest to herself.

As we head into the final week, it’s not yet clear how much damage has been performed. If I had to bet, I’d wager that Clinton nonetheless pulls out a narrow win by a couple of percentage points. But that is far from guaranteed, as well as the race is considerably closer than it should be. A single additional November surprise and Trump may be the following president.

Even before Comey’s clumsy, transparently partisan disclosure/non-disclosure, the polls have been currently narrowing, for three reasons. The Wiki-leaks gave the public a detailed look into the significantly less savory details of what Clinton retainer Doug Band named Bill Clinton, Inc. By sheer bad luck, projections of substantial premium increases for some participants within the Very affordable Care Act were disclosed. And each of those stories took the spotlight off Trump. After which came the letter from FBI Director Comey.

We know from the rhythm with the campaign that whenever Trump is in the spotlight, he loses assistance, for the reason that of his propensity to say crazy, reckless issues. And anytime he manages to keep offstage and let Clinton take the heat, voters don't forget why they don’t like her either.

For numerous days, Clinton defenders have been frantically trying to rebut the details of those newest unflattering revelations. The details are on their side. But that may not matter.

Nothing at all illegal was disclosed about Doug Band, his Teneo Consulting firm, as well as the enrichment of the Clintons (Right but so what, it nonetheless looks like hell.)

If you drill down into the information of who gets premium hikes, it is less than 5 percent of insured people today and the majority of the hikes are going to be offset by government subsidies (Terrific, the taxpayer pays once again.)

Comey should never have announced the reopening of an investigation that is definitely not about Clinton anyway. (Yes, it is only about her closest aide’s husband electronically exposing himself to an underage girl, which somehow reminds the public about somebody else’s randy husband. And it is about Weiner evidently sharing a computer with Abedin, which reinforces queries about Clinton’s judgment and the email mess.)

The difficulty is that Clinton and her surrogates can gain technical wins on each of those information on points, and still lose on the huge image.

For too many voters, it all blurs. All those emails: the emails that Clinton incautiously kept on her own server, the new emails leaked by the Russians, as well as the most recent FBI probe of emails on Abedin’s laptop or computer. The Clinton family members small business: Hillary’s Wall Street speaking costs, her kind words about the banks, and Bill Clinton’s self-enrichment. And also the tawdry sex: From Anthony Weiner to Monica Lewinsky.

It would be a miracle if some swing voters previously leaning towards Clinton did not just throw up their hands (or simply throw up) and conclude that Trump and Clinton were each sleazy.

That could be an appalling case of false equivalence. Clinton is merely a case of disappointing enterprise as usual. Trump is really a genuine proto-fascist. His sexual abuses are of a whole other scale, and neither Anthony Weiner nor Bill Clinton is running for president this year. Trump is.

Conflating Hillary’s sins and those of Trump could be profoundly unfair. But politics is not fair. Per week out, Clinton is just not energizing the volunteers, not inspiring the young, not demonstrating the clean, vivid contrast with Trump that she requires to win big.

If she wins at all, lots of Democrats and progressives are likely prepared to forgive her. If she loses and Donald Trump becomes president, she will in no way have the forgiveness of history.

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