Like many (and I hope most people) I've been puzzled all along as to what the supposed Clinton e-mail scandal was supposed to be about other than a bad information technology decision and the type of mess that almost any professional can get into. Haven't all of us had e-mails that should have gone one place go another place or that should have been saved somehow disappear? And we aren't working with all the record-keeping rules of the federal bureaucracy.
So, I was glad to see this column from the Washington Post summarizing the new FBI report (which I haven't read). Here is the essential, summary paragraph:
One doesn’t come away from this memo feeling that one has spotted any effort on the part of Clinton to deceive. She sought convenience and delegated to others the project of producing an efficient and easily usable communications system. Her mistake was in failing to recognize that her communications also needed to fulfill other functions. Clinton forgot that she needed to ask for sound records management.
And, then, this conclusion:
But what does this memo mean for voting Americans? I think it’s basically this: If you’re trying to weigh Donald Trump’s and Clinton’s characters against one another, look elsewhere than this email scandal. No deep Clinton character flaws are in evidence here. This is a story about a moment when Clinton failed to recognize that professional expertise was necessary, in a rapidly evolving area where many are struggling.
Now, can we please finally take Bernie Sanders' advice and move on from the damn e-mails to actual issues?