#EmailGate, #Hillary, #Comey
Skip the bother of writing a headline compelling enough to read; go right to a headline compelling enough to find: #EmailGate, #Hillary, #Comey. That should do it.
Now sit back and watch the clicks roll in.
But what do you do when the clickers arrive?
Give them a question they won’t find elsewhere.
Was Hillary Clinton’s decision to use her own email server a good business decision?
Might be useful to decide what a good business decision is.
It should probably be a hard one if it is to be noticed. There should be pros and cons to either course of action.
Here’s an example that misses the mark. A decision to dress up like a flying squirrel, leap off a cliff and fly off into the sunset (or a tree) can’t be a good business decision because there is no consequence to standing at the top of the cliff not dressed up like a flying squirrel and shaking your head at the stupidity of those who did it.
For a really good business decision, the problem must have both risks and rewards no matter which choice is made.
When she signed on as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had to decide to use the State Department email system or not.
If she used it, she risked having profoundly embarrassing political emails turn up in places they could be discovered and made public. On the other hand she would be complying with the law with respect to classified information.
If she used her own server, the profoundly embarrassing political emails could be safely deleted, but there remained the risk – a near certainty actually – that confidential information would be mishandled subjecting her to criminal penalties.
That is the kind of decision that really has to be made well. It does not matter if you fall to your left off the high wire or if you fall to your right. Either way you die.
Only Hillary Clinton and her advisors can calculate the damage that would have been caused by tens of thousands of emails exposing the smarmy underside of politics. It must have been considerable because they chose the other course. The risk of mishandling confidential information was less even though it subjected her to a criminal investigation.
The calculus was simple: will I, Hillary Clinton, get away with it.
Thanks to the assistance of Williams & Connolly, the absolute single best law firm in Washington to hire if you are in real trouble and a lifetime of political IOUs, Hillary Clinton has gotten away with it.
Tens of thousands of potentially career ending political emails have been protected from public view at a cost of a public rebuke by the FBI.
That was not a good business decision, that was a superb business decision.
Hillary Clinton’s decision might have been disgraceful in other ways but those did not matter. To her.