Tearing Up–Don’t cry for the first woman almost-president.

Tearing Up–Don’t cry for the first woman almost-president.–47gj,b43

Actually, there were many ways that one could explain it, but they were hard to see through the tears. One was that a lot of people who didn’t like Donald J. Trump had voted for him, because they had some pretty big problems that nobody else had thought to consider. Another was that Hillary Clinton had lost the election because she was a very bad candidate who had run a complacent, misguided campaign.

She lost it because she had more baggage than the carousel at a major airport, a paranoid streak that rivaled the one last seen in Richard M. Nixon, and a sense of entitlement, encouraged by her fans and her supportive if often unfaithful husband—a set of liabilities that vastly exceeded her skills. She was bright, she worked hard, and she worked for the right things as she saw them, but she was also dishonest and greedy, traits she might have controlled had she stayed in the Senate. But when she moved to the Obama cabinet the temptations became overwhelming, and to her eternal discredit she slipped.

Because she was secretary of state and did government business on an insecure email server, she opened herself to criminal charges, and when this was discovered, she lied. The public was in no mood to give her the benefit of the doubt because back when they were first getting to know her, she had lied also, about the use of insider trading to make a profit of $100,000 in cattle futures as the first lady of Arkansas, which she had tried to explain away as something she had learned to do by reading the Wall Street Journal at night. This tied her untruthfulness into her greediness, another recurring theme in her story that undercut the image of the conscientious do-gooder she was trying so hard to project.

While in the White House, the Clintons were accused of “renting out the Lincoln Bedroom” for campaign donations, and when they left the White House in 2001 they took along with them a lot of furnishings they had not brought with them and, though both soon were making millions of dollars, set up a gift registry to relieve them of the burden of paying to furnish the two new estates—just off Embassy Row in D.C. and in New York’s Westchester County—that they were buying or bought.

In the window between the time she left the State Department in 2013 and formally announced her candidacy almost two years later, she racked up a staggering $22 million in lectures, Bill Clinton’s speech fees exploded exponentially with his wife in the cabinet, sometimes reaching $750,000.

. After she lost, Hillary would blame FBI head James Comey for cutting short her momentum with his letter to Congress before the election about the possibility of new information that had surfaced reviving the email investigation. But without her behavior, there would have been no case at all and no emails to surface. And if her aide, friend, and protégée hadn’t married a man whose favorite pastime was sending pictures of his genitals over the Internet to very young women, investigators wouldn’t have seized his laptop, a complication one cannot imagine these mothers who write for the Post and for Fortune having tried to explain to their girls.

This is not the path of your normal career politician, and when we do get a first woman president, she will most likely decide to do it the old way, deciding to run, defining her program, finding her allies, climbing the stairs one by one. She will also not run as the First Woman President, but more as John Kennedy ran in 1960, not as the First Catholic President out to crack ceilings, but as a senator who asked for no more than a fair break from the voters and didn’t want what he thought an irrelevant issue to stand in his way.

source–weekly standard, noemie emery, wash post, wsj, fortune,


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