People have been watching the Clinton email scandal unfold and wondering what is happening to the Clinton machine. It is possible the Clintons are just losing their touch in allowing this story to build—Hillary Clinton never had Bill Clinton’s political skills after all.
Some are reminded of the long-ago Whitewater papers drama, which ended with a bit of a whimper when the long-pursued files turned out to contain nothing in particular, certainly no illegal activity. But I’ve begun to wonder whether there is method in the Clinton madness here.
Because I think it is going to be hard to make voters care that much about whether she turned over her private emails to the government and used her own server. Meanwhile, the rising noise around the email scandal appears to have drowned out the really damaging news that broke about the same time: Hillary’s husband was raising hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign dictators for the Clinton family business while Hillary was Secretary of State.
Is this a coincidence? Is the breakout of the email scandal on CNN and other media a sign of political mismanagement? Or is it politic misdirection magically making another story disappear from the headlines?