Bernie Sanders continues to pack record-breaking crowds into stadiums to hear his message, being received more like a rock-star than a white-haired politician. After 15,000 in Seattle and 28,000 in Portland, he then pulled in 27,000 in Los Angeles. He was introduced by comedian Sarah Silverman.
While he has been slowly closing the gap between him and Hillary Clinton, it is not clear how concerned her camp is about him. But now comes a new poll that shows him leading Clinton 44-37% for the first time in New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, Clinton continues to have trouble concerning her emails. I have not been following that particular issue very closely, suspecting that it is being hyped by Republicans wanting to discredit her as much as possible because they see her as the likely opponent. But on a casual basis, I was surprised that she would have set up her own email server for official work and that it was apparently legal when she did so and that other people like Colin Powell have also done so in the past.
But it seems like such an obviously bad practice and reflects a poor judgment call on her part even if there was no malicious intent, especially since she was extolling the need to protect classified government information in the course of criticizing Chelsea Manning. She has now agreed to hand over the servers.
Government officials, especially at that high level of policy-making, should not be allowed to use private servers to conduct official business. Apart from the whole issue of security, official business should be part of the public record and preserved as such. This is not only important for accurate record-keeping, these emails also serve as source material for historical research and should be subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Allowing government officials to privately store emails used for official business and make decisions on whether to release or destroy them seems wrong.
Why would she not have used a government-run server for official work and a private-run one for private communications? It would not be so hard.
(You can go to Sanders’s website to join the campaign and contribute and here to see where he stands on the issues. Despite the media trying to paint him as some kind of extremist candidate, a majority of Americans actually support him on most of the issues he stands for.)