Now, from Churchill to Jack Webb. Remember him? He played LAPD Detective Sergeant Joe Friday on the great Dragnet series. He opened the show with, "This is the city: Los Angeles, California. I work here. I'm a cop."
But the straight-shooting Detective Friday may be better known for this deadpan phrase: "Just the facts, ma'am." Those are words that may go to the very heart of this presidential election.
No matter what James Comey unveils in the days ahead, if anything, virtually no one in this country believes Hillary Clinton will ever divulge "just the facts."
That's what the polls say and, for her, they're getting worse. And that's exactly what the FBI bombshell has reminded the voting public. Clinton, Inc., is dishonest, above the law, on the take.
New WikiLeaks-provided emails from Clinton aide Doug Band reveal the true nature of the Clinton cash operation: No matter what the stated humanitarian goals of the Clinton Foundation, every fiber and sinew of the organization is wrapped in self-dealing, self-enrichment, fraud, and corruption.
This is how the Clintons got rich. They traded cash for State Department visits and cash for government favors (like signing away 20 percent of American uranium reserves to oligarchic pals of Vladimir Putin). And let's not forget those $450,000 speeches by Bill Clinton and those $250,000 speeches by Hillary herself.
And she can't even tell the truth about that, as leaked emails show that she said one thing to Wall Street and quite another to the public.
The election is a week and a half away, and the atmosphere has changed significantly. In the last few days, at long last, Donald Trump has been talking issues on the campaign trail. Issues like the economy, tax cuts, the need to repeal and rewrite Obamacare, and even African American inner-city problems. During this period Hillary Clinton was deluged with e-mail leaks and blindsided by the FBI.
Issues beat email leaks. Polls are rapidly narrowing. Suddenly, the potential for a GOP three-house electoral sweep is growing larger.