Its August and the head shaking isn’t over. Week after week just when you think Donald Trump has peaked, he tops himself again. Coasting in the shadows is his primary opponent Hillary Clinton. Unlike Trump she seems to avoid the press, avoiding questions.
I’m a fan of Hillary Rodham, I’m attracted to her drive and intelligence. She had been a political person most of her life. Like first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary was not interested in rose bushes or room restorations. She demanded a place at the table and one way or another she was going to be heard!
Republicans hate Bill and Hillary. Hundreds of millions of dollars has been spent to indict one of both the Clintons and nothing’s stuck. From Whitewater, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment to Benghazi With each accusation, scandal or investigation, the couple came out of it stronger and more popular.
Gallup Inc, has been conducting surveys for nearly eighty years. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name has been atop the the Most Admired Woman in the United States a record twenty times. This is more than any other person male or female.
So how does the Most Admired Woman in the US and in the world, become untrustworthy?
For some Republicans she will never be trust worthy, if its not Whitewater, or Vince Foster, its Benghazi. These voters will never support anyone named Clinton.
For me its the E-mail controversy. Its not that I believe she’s done anything wrong. Its the air of arrogance . Sure other politicians have used their private e-mail accounts . But that was 2012, 2008. This is 2016! The year of the angry American. Traditional politicians are the enemy and you cant get more traditional than Hillary Clinton. Some her responses are Trumpesk as she attempts to paint a picture of innocence. When she said she told a consistent and truthful story about classified material on her emails, and FBI director James Comey backed her up. The response from some cynics was yeah uh huh.
What was refreshing about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump was their ability to talk directly to the public and the press without the canned responses. Hillary the professional politician uses 40 words when 15 would get the job done. In the year of the Angry American this reads deceptive. Her internal hard drive sticks to message and stalls when questioned. Her responses are often reprogrammed and filled with political cliches.
At the joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists,a few weeks ago. She stayed on message and missed an opportunity to connect with both groups to solidify her message.
She owns the boomers black and brown, this group has a positive history with the Clinton’s. Millennials struggle with tradition. Some of the Millennials weren’t born when Bill Clinton was President. With smartphones in hand, some of black and brown Millennials have problems with some of the policies during his administration.
After President Clinton signed 1994 crime bill, more private prisons were built and young black men received longer sentences. In 1996, President Clinton signed the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act this law subjected hundreds of thousands of people to arbitrary detention, fast-track deportations, and family separation, effecting a disproportionate number of Hispanics.
At the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists members initially thought there would be Q&A questions submitted by Twitter, this didn’t happen, in fact no one in the audience were allowed to ask questions. (This is common at her campaign stops) . Hillary stayed true to script. Talked about Blacks and Hispanics in general terms, she failed to connect with the audience, an audience filled with bloggers and people on social media. Losing the opportunity to learn about issues important to this demographic. There where about four or five questions asked by the panel. Her responses were misdirected and dry. One of her responses transported me back to the 60’s as she nearly said, I have latino friends.
I plan to vote for Hillary this fall. I voted for her in the primaries several years ago. I think she is an admirable women. There is much to be admired. Her drive and commitment has helped thousands of children. She seems embarrassed when it comes to her achievements. Some females aren’t comfortable talking about those moments. Her husband Bill would be on Trump tower screaming about HIS accomplishments. She has been in politics most of her life and in this political season her experience works against her. I would like her to be more accessible to the public and the press, to come clean about the e-mails in 150 words or less.
If the elections took place today she would be Madam President, however this August and November is a year away in politics.