While yesterday’s recommendation by FBI Director James Comey that former Secretary State Hillary Clinton not be charged in her email server scandal doesn’t necessarily mean that the Department of Justice won’t charge her for her “extreme carelessness” with classified information, let’s face it — Joey Buttafuoco has a better chance of being the next governor of Utah than Clinton does of ever facing a jury.
But just because she was off the hook with the FBI and the Department of Justice doesn’t mean she was off the hook with the American people. In fact, the FBI’s intensifying investigation of Hillary has been one of the factors in a massive poll drop for the presumptive Democrat nominee.
According to USA Today, Trump has closed the gap between him and Clinton to 45.6 percent to 40.4 percent, a difference of just a little over five points. Two months ago, Clinton lead in the same poll by a margin of 50 percent to 39, which means that Trump has cut the margin by almost half.
The poll reported that 61 percent of respondents indicated that they were alarmed about the upcoming election, while 23 percent described themselves as excited. Inexplicably, 9 percent were somehow bored with the process.
Voters supporting Donald Trump told USA Today that they had reservations about Clinton’s record and honesty.
“She has a lot of investigations, and it’s a little questionable,” said Michael Perrotta, 48, an account executive for a trucking firm on Long Island. “I am sure Donald Trump is no angel, but he doesn’t have that special interest thing.”
And for those who would argue that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein might hurt Trump, the poll demonstrated the opposite.
Clinton only led Trump by 4 points when Johnson and Stein were added, 39 to 35. Johnson got 8 percent of the vote, and Stein received 4.
So, while Hillary Clinton might be off the hook with the FBI, that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing to the White House for her. On the contrary, it could mean that even though she won this battle, she lost the war.