Reagan: The Clinton curve
I didn't intend to run the red light.
I didn't intend to run you over in a crosswalk.
I didn't intend to get you pregnant.
I didn't intend to write this column. Therefore I'm not guilty of writing it and I can't be blamed if you're reading it.
The lawbreaking that Hillary Clinton committed with her serial mishandling of classified material in her emails should not be excused with the argument that "I didn't intend to break the law."
But it is.
Hillary will never be prosecuted by the Justice Department for what the director of the FBI James Comey said was "extremely careless" behavior by Hillary and her staff "in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."
Director Comey said the battalions of G-Men and G-Women he threw at the Clinton email case for a year could not find clear evidence that she and her gang "intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information."
Hillary got off because she didn't "intend" to be what she was — stupid, grossly negligent, arrogant and above the law.
Comey graded her on the Clinton Curve. There's nothing new there. She's a Clinton. She's special. The standard for criminality is higher for her and her crime family. She's not going to go jail or suffer a penalty for anything she does.
The least Hillary could do is take responsibility for her conveniently self-serving bumblings as Secretary of the State and apologize.
Sorry. I forgot. She's a Clinton.
Clintons don't get punished and they don't apologize, either. They just lie and lie until whatever personal scandal or malfeasance they committed in office goes away. First Bill, now Hillary. It's a Clinton Family Values thing.
Don't expect Hillary and Bill and Chelsea to have any serious trouble or scrutiny from the authorities or the mainstream media over their family influence-peddling racket, the Clinton Foundation, either.
The Hillary Clinton email scandal isn't about politics. It's not about Democrats or Republicans — or at least it shouldn't be.
It's about the laws and whether they apply to everyone equally, even the Clintons.
If Hillary weren't running for president, this whole email scandal would be an episode in a TV cartoon show.
But if she and her family regain the keys to the White House, it'll be a national tragedy.
It doesn't matter how many hearings the House of Representatives hold or how many great soundbites and damning campaign ads the Trump campaign can create from Comey's announcement Tuesday or his committee appearance on Thursday.
Hillary will skate. The Obama administration will protect her. The media won't work to expose her.
Only one thing will save the American people. At some point before November the general public has to wake up and smell the Clintons.
The public has to ask why the Clinton Crime Family is held to a different standard than the rest of us or other politicians.
Donald Trump is flawed in many ways. He's no Ronald Reagan and never will be.
But at least he doesn't lie. Not to the American public. Not to Congress. Not to the FBI. Not to the families of the dead at Benghazi.
As I said last week, we're in World War III with the terrorists already. The most important thing we have to do is elect a president who will fight to win it. And it's not Lying Hillary.
Michael Reagan is the son of the late President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and an author. Follow him on Twitter @reaganworld.