This piece originally appeared on CommentaryMagazine.com.
The irony is delicious. Democrats spent the last few months of praising FBI Director James Comey as a man of integrity and defending him against a deluge of attacks from Republicans who were angered by his decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton despite what he called her "extremely careless" handling of classified information. But Comey's shocking announcement on Friday that he was re-opening the investigation has made him Public Enemy One as far as Clinton and her supporters are concerned.
For a law enforcement agency to act in such a matter toward an active candidate is a blatant intervention in the presidential election. It is not unprecedented but it is highly problematic. Yet the Democrats' high dudgeon rings false. After all, Comey's refusal to act on Clinton's clear violation of security regulations — when so many lesser officials have been severely punished for carelessness — was also a function of politics. The difference being that his initial decision favored the Democrats while Friday's move inconveniences them.
Comey's zigzag course through the maze of the email controversy is perplexing for both sides but the responsible party for this disruption is, as it was all along, Clinton.
It was her obsession with secrecy — which critics not unreasonably think is rooted in the desire to obscure the truth about the conflicts of interest between what even their own retainers call "Clinton Inc." and their foundation and government business — that necessitated the use of an insecure, private e-mail server in the first place and led us all down this tangled path.
The former secretary of state is no more an innocent victim of an FBI October Surprise than was Donald Trump when the release of an Access Hollywood tape exposed him as a sexual predator.