And let’s say it again…

I wrote this as the ending to a very long Facebook comment on something someone else posted. The full debate was about HRC’s emails, but it just as easily could have been the Foundation or “Super Predators” or any of the other things people love to latch onto when dehumanizing and pontificating about that “wretched wench” Hillary.

Because the larger point is this:

We have to stop it with this overwrought, self-righteous pearl clutching every time something comes up that reminds us that HRC has been in the national public eye for more than 30 years and it’s pretty damn skippy that in that amount of time she’s going to have done a thing or two that don’t classify as optimal behavior.

I read somewhere recently that anyone with POTUS ambitions has something like 14 years from the time they take the national stage. Otherwise, something, anything from their time in the spotlight is likely to jump up and maim their chances of achieving the highest office. Some “scandal.” We are all flawed beings, after all. A “flip flop.” And we do all have opinions that are at least somewhat malleable, or we should.

The ending I’m sharing here now pretty well sums up my frustration with what seems to be a complete lack of nuance by most of the country.

…Listen, I’m not defending HRC against boneheadedness, but an allegation of anything more at this point is just obdurate. She shouldn’t have had the personal messages deleted. She should have been smarter and realized this would become an issue. But that’s not the same as breaking the law, nor is it all that unethical. And considering this thread started out by putting to bed any completely unwarranted false equivalency between HRC and Trump, that’s the standard. She’s not a perfect candidate. She’s incredibly flawed. I didn’t vote for her in 2008 and I didn’t vote for her in the primaries this year. But I also refuse to subscribe to the “lesser of two evils” justification for my support of her now, as that implies evil-doing. Being a proto-politician isn’t evil. It’s political. She’s qualified AND she’s flawed. She’s made dumb mistakes and told half-truths from time to time all the while being a faithful public servant for three decades. Can we not hold two thoughts in our head at the same time?”