Desperate to shift attention away from Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, some are trying to point fingers at Republicans who have used private email servers. The spin attempts to create the impression that the ethics of having a private email server are inherently the same no matter what government position one occupies. The New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman is a case in point.

Walker’s aides allegedly set up a private email server when he was a county executive. That’s practically the same job as Secretary of State, you see. If those emails fell into the hands of a rival municipality it could have upset the balance of power throughout the entire greater Milwaukee area.

Editor’s note: This post has been modified to correct a typo.