Four thousand, eight hundred and eighty times more easygoing, one is tempted to calculate, except that the disappearance of all her email traffic from May and June 2012—while trouble was brewing in Libya—has not yet disqualified Hillary Clinton from consideration as the next president of the United States, whereas setting aside all the known unsavoriness recorded on Richard Nixon’s oval office tapes, it was the notorious 18-minute gap—an erasure of unknown content one 4,880th the length of Hillary’s—that historical memory will forever recall as having terminated his prospects of retaining the presidency.
The possibility that Hillary Clinton could still become president is just one more piece of evidence that many of us no longer object to government-in-secret. The political police of the Internal Revenue Service are a chilling example of where that leads.
So be grateful that one man is willing to hold the secret government accountable. Judge Emmett Sullivan last week made it clear he’s had his fill of stonewalling from the IRS, Hillary, and the State Department.
In a culture childishly fixated on enforcing a concept of “fairness” that does not exist in nature, perhaps some people sense opportunity in a kind of Clintonesque transaction: We assert a right to get away with being as corrupt as our leaders and the leaders happily agree—knowing that whatever limits may once have restrained what they can get away with, we have willingly erased as surely as Nixon’s 18 minutes.
Then along comes someone like Judge Sullivan to set things straight.