Hillary Clinton is apparently blaming her defeat in the US presidential election on interventions by the FBI director James Comey. Well . . yes. His cryptic warnings about what the 3.5 million e-mails sent from Clinton’s private server when she was Secretary of State might or might not have contained — and so soon before the election itself — must have had some effect. But it would only have been mildly marginal.
The damage had already been done. It was her enthusiasm in making a fortune for the Clinton family fund after husband Bill’s term of office ended. This didn’t sit well with many in the Democratic Party, particularly among the poorer members. What put the tin hat on it was when it was revealed not long before the election that she had “earned” (!) $800,000 giving a speech to Goldman Sachs, followed by another with similar payment to JPMorgan. That was when she truly lost the election.