Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a personal device for government emails seems like a time-saving measure, but she was faced with a conundrum in handling classified information. As Secretary of State, she was subject to a constant barrage of input for decision-making purposes. It was inevitable that classified data would be part of the mix she would need to handle.
One can understand why she used her own server. It gave her privacy and control, but those advantages came with a price. And that price may include an unwanted detour in her campaign for the presidency.
The Clinton campaign will need to find some way to get ahead of the story. The drip, drip, drip of exposures, and the timed release of more emails in the months ahead will give Republicans an easy way to define her as untrustworthy and secretive, and that plays into the existing narrative of her personality.
Just as Mitt Romney was sunk by the 47 percent remark as unfeeling towards the poor, Ms. Clinton will be sunk by the email controversy if she doesn’t take decisive action. And that action involves more than humoring her opponents, or referring to the matter in an offhand way during a fundraiser.
The only solution I can fathom at this moment would be to turn the entire server over to a neutral party. Only that way will the incessant Republican propaganda machine be turned off from repeating server, server, server, in the same way they screamed Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.