This morning, while reading the blogs, Glenn linked a post which caught me eye. In his piece, “Clinton’s Biggest Mistake,” Tom Bevan writes that “the campaign was guilty of laziness brought on by overconfidence and arrogance.”
But, as the campaign wore on, and the nomination which Mrs. Clinton thought to be hers by right slipped out of her grasp, she showed a tenaciousness which impressed many, including yours truly, never a fan of the former First Lady. In a comment to one of my posts, Bruce wrote that both he and his partner “have (in this specific moment in time) found ourselves admiring Clinton’s guts and determination.”
Last fall, she complained about how harshly moderator Tim Russert treated her in a Philadelphia debate, as if tough questions exploring her positions were out of bounds. Last month, she went toe-to-toe with Bill O”Reilly, one of the toughest talk-show host interviewers in the business, and came away form it impressing many.
It seems that when she realized the nomination wasn’t her due and that she would have to fight for it, she was finally able to show her best qualities.
While the campaign has certainly given me a slightly more favorable opinion of Hillary than I once had, I still could never trust her to be commander-in-chief. She seems to think the solutions to all social problems involve increased federal regulation and spending. She has a problem with speaking candidly to the American people. She is secretive about any number of issues, refusing to release numerous records relevant to the “experience” she so frequently cites. And she exaggerates that experience, leading people to question her veracity.
In short, in the course of this campaign, Hillary Clinton has impressed us with her tenacity, but made her “credibility gap” more readily manifest.