Donald Trump’s snafus have been loud, and SNL has done a great job highlighting them. When it comes to Hillary Clinton, though, the punchlines aren’t as obvious. Though McKinnon is doing a great Hillary, laughing at how Clinton cleverly pivots from the discussion is all there is.
One big difference between the media attention of these two is that Trump’s mistakes are tangible — most Americans, even Trump supporters, wouldn’t talk the way Trump does to women, minorities or people with disabilities. Many support the republican platform, but not necessarily the nominee.
What plagues Clinton is less tangible. Everyone knows something happened, but no one’s quite sure what it is, whether it was illegal or whether they’ve been guilty of the same thing. It has something to do with a server, right?
Will the Results Change Anything?
This so-called scandal has plagued Clinton for months now. Though most polls have her in the lead, the email scandal keeps circling back around to her. As a late October surprise, it’s got some legs, and we’ll likely be hearing about it in the coming months, especially after November 8.
What it may affect is down-ballot voting. Of course, her campaign in on the defensive, but so are all other Democrats in this year’s race. If voters who lean left don’t show up at the polls because of the email scandal, it may mean races for the House of Representative and the Senate will see lower democratic turnout. Considering a Supreme Court Nomination is at stake, the concerns are serious.
Though it’s less flashy and less covered than many stories, the recent smack-down on voter suppression may factor more heavily into the race than people realize. Kansas, North Carolina and Wisconsin — among other important swing states — were pinged for preventing voters from hitting the poles in the last few election cycles, starting around 2013. These voters would mostly be voting for Democrats.
If those denied voters show up to the poles this year, a Democratic blowout for both the House and the Senate is a real possibility.
What Will Happen Post-Election?
America — and its news agencies — have a short attention span, and it’s doubtful anyone will be rehashing the email issues after the election, even if Clinton is elected, which is looking more and more likely. Other issues connected to the scandal may stick around, but that, at least in part, depends on what happens in the other races.
If Republicans can manage to keep control of Congress, they will need a real reason to block Clinton’s Supreme Court nomination, which both Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell have already pledged to do, indefinitely. Doing so would mean digging up whatever they could to support an action most would think of as unreasonable. If they’re stuck doing that, those emails won’t be going anywhere.
Global Implications of the Email Scandal
In the meantime, the world is watching, and this election cycle has given them plenty to talk about. Considering Trump’s threats to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and his claim that he would, if President, deport millions of immigrants, the way this election turns would affect the globe.
In a great moment of humor, the New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz claims the Queen of England went so far as to say, “This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn’t end well.”
Of course he’s kidding, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.