In an intriguing post, he writes (and I’m coming in halfway through his post, so click the link for full context):
To the great puzzlement of everyone in America, and around the world, Comey announced two things:
1. Hillary Clinton is 100% guilty of crimes of negligence.
2. The FBI recommends dropping the case.
From a legal standpoint, that’s absurd. And that’s how the media seems to be reacting. The folks who support Clinton are sheepishly relieved and keeping their heads down. But the anti-Clinton people think the government is totally broken and the system is rigged. That’s an enormous credibility problem.
But what was the alternative?
The alternative was the head of the FBI deciding for the people of the United States who would be their next president. A criminal indictment against Clinton probably would have cost her the election.
How credible would a future President Trump be if he won the election by the FBI’s actions instead of the vote of the public? That would be the worst case scenario even if you are a Trump supporter. The public would never accept the result as credible.
That was the choice for FBI Director Comey. He could either do his job by the letter of the law – and personally determine who would be the next president – or he could take a bullet in the chest for the good of the American public.
He took the bullet.
Thanks to Comey, the American voting public will get to decide how much they care about Clinton’s e-mail situation. And that means whoever gets elected president will have enough credibility to govern effectively.
Comey might have saved the country. He sacrificed his reputation and his career to keep the nation’s government credible.
It was the right decision.
Comey is a hero.
Actually I’d say it’s just the opposite. Americans pride themselves (foolishly, to be sure) on thinking they live under the rule of law, not of (wo)men. There is no surer way to delegitimize the US government that to have the head of the FBI say, “This person clearly broke the law and we would want anyone else to be prosecuted for this, but she’s politically powerful so the rules don’t apply to her.”
Also, in terms of ability to govern credibly, this will hang over Clinton should she win, and it will make people think less of Trump should he win.