How Hillary Became ‘Hillary’
Once again, I am visiting a Sewage Treatment Plant (the Media) – and looking at what flows out of it. Some interesting stuff.
“I get that some people just don’t know what to make of me,” Hillary Clinton said in her speech accepting the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. It was a rare acknowledgment by the candidate herself of what has been the defining paradox of her career: She has been a presence in American public life for more than a third of a century, and yet for all her ubiquity she remains a curiously unknown quantity to many voters.
It’s possible to glimpse the origins of this paradox in the time between Bill Clinton’s 1980 loss and his 1982 victory. Upon facing the electoral judgment of her persona for the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton began what has gradually evolved into a precarious shadow game with the American public — a ritualized series of reveals, retreats and resets, each iteration seemingly more freighted with recrimination and self-doubt than the one preceding it. It was the moment when Hillary became “Hillary” — a collaborative creation by herself and her political enemies, both a reflection and a source of the uncertainty and mistrust with which the public has so often regarded her.
I have wondered about this myself – and this article helps explain why.
The Clintons had their start in Arkansas – a strange place to start, it would seem – but as a Sewage Plant it was perfect. Just as Texas was for LBJ and the Bush’s.
Americans know crap when they see it and smell it – and they want more of the same.