Almost six week ago we enthusiastically endorsed
Since then, we have been fortified in our opinion by
Yet with the election less than a week away, the race remains closer than it should be given the cavernous gap in qualifications between the two nominees. And Clinton has had to cope with not one but multiple "October surprises" that Trump has sought to exploit to his advantage. There has been a steady drip of revelations from emails stolen from a top Clinton aide — apparently by Russian hackers — and posted online by WikiLeaks. Trump, who once called on Russian hackers to dredge up missing Clinton files (he later insisted that he was joking), has said that the stolen emails proved that Clinton was "the vessel for a corrupt global establishment that is raiding our country and surrendering our sovereignty."
More recently, FBI Director
These "surprises" are better described as distractions, and Trump's assertions to the contrary are self-serving, cynical and disingenuous.
Yes, the emails stolen from Clinton campaign chair
As for the other October surprise, Comey rightly is being criticized — including by former U.S. attorneys general from both parties — for publicly announcing that the FBI would be examining emails that "appear to be pertinent" to an investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server. That investigation had ended this summer with Comey's recommendation that no charges be filed. It was irresponsible for Comey to offer such a vague yet politically charged statement. Someone as wise in the ways of Washington as Comey, a former deputy attorney general, should have realized that his letter to Congress would be manipulated by Republicans for partisan advantage.
It’s also troubling that Comey reportedly ignored the advice of senior
This week the Justice Department informed Congress that it would “continue to work closely with the FBI and together, dedicate all necessary resources and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible” to review the emails found on a computer belonging to former Rep.
They shouldn't. Contrary to what Trump suggested, there is no reason to assume that any official emails found on Weiner's computer will contradict the FBI's earlier finding that Clinton's use of a private server, while careless, didn't violate laws against the mishandling of classified information. But even if a voter harbored doubts on that score, they can't justify a vote for Trump. There is no comparison between Clinton's carelessness in corresponding with colleagues and the recklessness that Trump would bring to the conduct of actual foreign policy. And that is only one of a multitude of differences between the two nominees.
A victory for Trump on Tuesday wouldn't just be a November surprise; it would be a national disaster.