In politics, this is known as a “game changer.” And what has changed the game is the revelation that 2016 GOP contender Jeb Bush, much like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also had a second, private email account while he was Governor of Florida.
Bush has previously released thousands of emails, but those communiques were from an account, email@example.com, which now indicates the existence of a second account, firstname.lastname@example.org. A Bush spokesperson says Jeb was unaware of the second email account, despite the fact that he used it on more than 400 occasions between the years of 1999-2004.
While there is no evidence former Governor Bush used the undisclosed account in any improper way, it does raise the specter of Republicans appearing to hold Democrats to a different standard than members of their own political party.
Fox News, for one, has been assiduous–at times frantic–in their attempts to imply that Secretary Clinton somehow broke the law or skirted State Department rules by doing all of her electronic communications on a private email account which was also connected to a private email server at Clinton’s residence.
As recently as yesterday, Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News contributor, accused Ms. Clinton of having broken the law:
“By denying the government the ability to do that (look at the emails or the server), by doing it in cahoots with her senior staff, she conspired to evade the law and she broke the law by concealing the government’s records from the government.”
Napolitano made that accusation without knowing all the facts of the case or having access to the records he pretends to be an expert on. Yet another reason we should all be thankful he no longer works as a judge.
So where is the hue and cry on the far right for the emails from Jeb Bush’s private account? This is beyond a double standard. It reeks of a hatchet job being perpetrated against Hillary Clinton because the GOP knows it has no candidate who can possibly beat her in a head-to-head matchup.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.