Their campaign downplays the factual

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Blackwood, N.J.
Associated Press / Mel Evans, File

During his time engaged in trying to get the better of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders clipped in response to one of the assigned reporters, “Could we please forget the stupid emails and concentrate on the issues?” What a pity that unlike so many of us well aware of the obvious truth voiced by Sanders, a non-event, never mind the swagger pretending otherwise, remains a non-event. Those Republicans involved in calling stuff that isn’t.

The attempt by GOP folks to make Clinton’s inclusion of email while secretary of state as a big deal is all hogwash. Former GOP Secretary of State Colin Powell was involved in the same deal when he served under George Bush. The bottom line is that what Clinton did, as was earlier done by Powell, is obviously by no means a big deal, once protocol here remained an issue. To no one’s surprise, of course, nothing is deemed good enough to stop the GOP onslaught. They pushed for an official congressional inquiry about the big deal they knew would surely result. When the results proved different that these jokers expected, the congressional probing got it wrong, they insisted. This too is about doing the people’s work, they would insist.

Trying to make the Republican case that Clinton is someone who should be considered a criminal, or something close to it, is downright malicious. The party heavyweights who have been hammering this stuff every way possible, are presumably overjoyed that on this, they share feelings with a guy named Trump. Quite a bit different from the picture given us by the prestigious New York Times. When the Times made known its feelings quite early in the game about Clinton, the crappy Republican stuff was nowhere to be seen. As in: “Hillary Clinton is the right choice for the Democratic Party to present a vision for America that is radically different from the one that the leading republican candidates offer — a vision in which middle class Americans have a real shot at prosperity, women’s rights are enhanced, undocumented immigrants are given a chance at legitimacy, international alliances are nurtured and the country is kept safe.”

The unrestrained enthusiasm of the Times in its views on Clinton provides perhaps all that needs be said about Clinton and the email non-story. The Times reputation surely means a whole lot more.

There’s one aspect of what happens after the November balloting that is a major deal for all involved. To be sure, it really should have been an event already long behind us. Instead, fate ordained that there be a Republican senate majority when the Supreme Court’s Justice Scalia died suddenly months ago. With Republicans blocking all hopes of a new guy before Obama leaves office, this year’s election assumes even more critical importance. Clearly, chances down the line could be monumental.

Mrs. Clinton equipped herself well when she served as New York senator, leading to the attempt she initially made to become the nominee, which she finally lost to Obama. Her understanding of the matters that most resound to common folk has been shown, as The Times noted, to be quite impressive. And there’s no lack of knowledge routinely observed over the wealth of knowledge she gained during her While House years.

Clinton is opposed in the election by an individual who is convinced that he has no equal in the art of making folks believe everything he wants them to believe. He said he can’t release his taxes. He said Mexico will pay for a wall he builds. He said he could make millions of American residents leave the country ASAP. And a lot more. In other words, a joker.

In terms of the Clinton comparison, this is a no brainer. One guy’s nonsensical upstart should no way be construed as the real deal.

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