[W]hat sets Hillary Clinton apart is dogged courage, a tenacious strength to get up every morning and keep going that even Trump acknowledged in their second debate.
She is smart, assiduous, earnest, disciplined, prepared. Her orientation is less ideological than it is problem solving. She seizes on a problem and is relentless and creative in searching out solutions for it. She may not articulate passion, but her work ethic fairly glows with it.
She is open to advice, compromise and collaboration. If she can’t get a whole loaf, she’ll willingly accept half.
These are appealing attributes for someone who wishes to occupy the Oval Office.
For a quarter-century, Clinton has been the focus of unabating, vicious political attacks, many brought on by her own shortcomings, but most the result of some combination of exaggeration, conspiracy theory, jealousy and yes, to no small degree, sexism.
For all the shock and awe feigned over the Democratic campaign documents stolen and exposed by WikiLeaks, we’re more amazed by what they don’t show than by what they do. Just imagine the embarrassment for any large organization that would have its private email and unguarded thoughts suddenly strewn bare. All those Clinton campaign emails, almost nothing there.
Clinton, we tend to forget, has made her way in what before her had been largely a man’s world. And still is. For anyone to question her stamina, well, that’s just nonsense. In fact, it’s not only baseless; it’s offensive.
You don’t achieve what she has achieved, in the harsh environment in which she has achieved it, without great stores of energy and resilience. You don’t forge history, carve out a path that never before had been hewn, without tirelessness and bravery.