How Hillary Clinton squandered a savvy campaign on an idiotic scandal

This had all the makings of a triumphal moment. Then hubris intervened.

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Hillary Clinton is still a strong presidential candidate and could even be headed for the White House. So why does it feel to some Democrats as if they are enduring the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — all at the same time?

This should have been a period of unalloyed excitement about a uniquely qualified frontrunner with the potential to make history as the first woman commander in chief. But that's hardly the universal mood as Clinton campaigns amid the completely predictable fallout from her decision to use a private email account as secretary of state.

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