After considering that Hillary faces no opposition within her own party – Elizabeth Warren seems to have quietly moved away from any political stage from which she may have possibly, perhaps, launched a rival bid for the nomination – it begs the question of whether she actually welcomes the email scandal. At least it keeps her in the news and allows her base – make that wealthy donors and Democratic party stalwarts as well as voters who think she deserves a shot – to try and get riled up over something, anything. Byron York described her campaign as dead, as in how much teeming competitive life could be found anywhere near any of her carefully controlled public appearances. That’s in stark contrast to the packed field of GOP contenders who fight between themselves for every percentage point in the latest poll, and are continually forced to define who they are, and what kind of president they might be in front of an often hostile press. That’s basically a boot camp for the latter stages of the campaign – the sprint after the party convention.

Basically, Hillary seems tired. It’s not a question of age; it’s a lack of fire in the belly. Not a lack of anger or fastidiousness. She seems to have plenty of that. A lack of honest passion over the current state of politics in America. Elizabeth Warren seems to have plenty, but at this stage and unless she actually decides to run, it’s a mute point. So perhaps Hillary is grateful for the email scandal as it gives her a chance to practice what actually facing the press might be like. Her tactics, however, are those of a veteran lawyer, and not a politician. And there is a difference between the two. By attempting to avoid the possibility of controversy – a motivation behind her use of a private email server as Secretary of State in the first place – she unfortunately paints the picture of a someone who operates in a hermetically sealed star chamber with only trusted veteran aides allowed in. That’s hardly a surprising method when it comes to presidential candidates, but if you want to be president – and that means surviving the election campaign – that’s not enough. You also need to take the heat. So perhaps Hillary should start giving press conferences on the email scandal and test her mettle in front of the press. Before it’s too late.

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