This is Hillary Clinton’s problem, in a nutshell.

We know two things:

  1. Hillary Clinton should be indicted.  No, seriously. She is long past the point where most people would have been indicted.  If her name was, say, Martha Libby – and, more importantly, if she was not the presumptive Democratic front-runner – then Hillary Clinton would be rapidly approaching her trial date by now. If she is not indicted, there is going to be a godawful feces-storm that will stretch out into the term of the next administration – and quite possibly the administration after that.
  2. Hillary Clinton will not be indicted.

Here’s the thing: I don’t know a partisan Republican who is professionally upset that Hillary Clinton will not be indicted.  We all want her to be indicted, sure.  And we’re personally appalled that she won’t be.  But in terms of our jobs we can all see the silver lining in that particular cloud.  And we won’t feel guilty about it, either.  After all, it’s not like we can indict her anyway.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) to be indicted.

The New York Times is apparently a master of understatement: “Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a case that is likely to throw Albany into disarray.” …Yes. Yes, I imagine that indicting Speaker Silver will cause a certain amount of confusion and delay, as the philosopher once said.  In much the same way that removing a queen ant from her anthill can disrupt the anthill’s normal operating work environment.

Background here: the short version is that Sheldon Silver is probably going to be formally accused of using a law firm to more or less sanitize payoffs via ‘consulting.’ The weird part? Speaker Silver didn’t report the income he was getting via ‘consulting.’  If I were to hazard a guess, it’d be that Silver decided that he was invulnerable, and started acting accordingly.  That never works out well, in the long run. Continue reading New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) to be indicted.