By Peter Daou and Tom Watson
Lost in the months of hype about Hillary Clinton's State Department emails is this simple fact:
There isn't a SINGLE line in her thousands of released emails that is indicative of nefarious motives or behavior.
Think about this: Hillary's emails have been microscopically analyzed by every rightwing activist with a laptop and every reporter with an agenda, in a massive crowd-sourced investigation. And they've come away with .... nothing. Not a single allegation that Hillary said anything untoward or unethical. Not the faintest whisper.
The entire "controversy" revolves around questions of (retroactive) classification and convenience.
The distinction between substance and specification has been lost in the endless media hype, the non-stop coverage, the vicious attacks and the breathless pronouncements. But the fact remains: NOTHING Hillary actually said in her emails reflects poorly on her character.
Quite the reverse.
The thousands of emails we've seen so far reveal a smart, funny, serious, diligent, and hard-working Secretary of State, someone who did her best to advance the causes she cared about while remaining a faithful team player in the Obama administration.
We advocate for Hillary because we know and trust that at her core, she is an individual of integrity and dignity. Always has been, always will be.
We know this from personal experience and from watching her as a public figure over the years.
Her detractors cannot defeat her because of that integrity. Anyone with questionable values would long ago have succumbed to the onslaught she faces daily.
We look forward to fighting alongside Hillary all the way to the White House and we know, despite the relentless invective directed at her, that we are fighting to elect a woman of exemplary character.
Peter Daou and Tom Watson founded #HillaryMen to provide actionable analysis of the 2016 campaign focusing on the gender barrier in U.S. politics. Peter is a former senior digital adviser to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a veteran of two presidential campaigns (Kerry '04 and Clinton '08). Tom is an author and Columbia University lecturer who advises companies and non-profits on social activism.