The news over the weekend was about how the FBI is expanding their investigation of Hillary's email server from mishandling of classified information to include investigation of corruption involving the Clinton Foundation. Apparently there are dozens (maybe as many as a hundred and fifty) FBI Agents assigned to the case. It seems that this will blow up during the height of the Presidential campaign this year.
This makes me go "Hmmmmm".
Consider: there are multiple leaks from inside the FBI. But this administration has been harsher on cracking down on leaks than any in history. They even investigated a journalist (James Rosen) who published a leak. And yet there are multiple leakers. Hmmmmm.
Consider: the Justice Department has been heavily politicized by this administration. Maybe the FBI is motivated by simple a desire to see justice done and the laws enforced against all violators, however large or small. Hmmmmm.
I don't buy it. I think that Obama is behind this. So what's the motivation?
I don't think it's because the Obama team and the Clinton team despise each other. They do, but that doesn't seem to rise to the level of this sort of political risk. After all, Obama is focused on his legacy and on what he'll do for the next 30 years after leaving office. If the Democratic party thought that he threw Hillary under the bus for petty reasons, that would be a huge loss of status for him.
I think it's because they don't think that she can win.
But the primary is locked up for her. The fix is in - sure, crazy old Bernie is gaining in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Clintons raised a Billion dollars in the Clinton Foundation. That won't sit in the bank. Favors will be called in. The nomination is a lock.
As is her defeat in the General Election. I think that Trump put the nail in that coffin with his comments about Bill. Turn out the lights, the party's over.
So what is Obama to do? Indict Hillary, forcing her to step down, and stand up Vice President slow Joe Biden. And rely on the Mainstream Media and the corrupt GOP establishment to squeeze Trump out so Joe runs against a typical sad sack.
I expect an announcement from her by March that she's stepping down due to "health reasons", and Joe to enter a brokered convention.
Will any of this matter? Only if Trump drops out, too. A lot of people have considered him as a stalking horse for the Democratic Party. I'm pretty skeptical - even if he threw his hat into the ring on a lark, it's pretty hard to see a guy like him walk away from a big lead.
And I suspect that his lead is bigger than anyone will admit - he polls well among Democrats and hispanics (!), so the polls represent a floor for his support. The ceiling? We'll have to see. I expect it's in potential landslide territory.
Will he make a good President? Beats me. Will he cause the collapse of the Republican Party? Beats me.
Will he get Obama to force Hillary from the race? Hmmmm.