The rise of Hil­lary Clin­ton

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Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is set to re­turn the Demo­cratic Party to the Clin­tons but what will have been a per­fect be­gin­ning for the Hil­lary era has got­ten off to a poor start. Wik­ileaks rev­e­la­tion of a rigged nomination process an­chored by the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee in favour of Hil­lary Clin­ton has over­shad­owed the be­gin­ning of this era.

In the run up to the DNC Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia, Deb­bie Wasser­mann Shultz has thrown in the towel as chair­per­son of the party ow­ing to pres­sure from the camp of Bernie San­ders, the des­per­ado flag bearer to the left. The abrupt de­par­ture of Shultz demon­strates dis­or­der among the Democrats as they be­gan their con­ven­tion yes­ter­day to for­mally nom­i­nate Hil­lary as their flag bearer for the ex­alted of­fice of PO­TUS - Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica, as Amer­i­cans fondly re­fer to it.

Bernie and fol­low­ers re­sent the tremen­dous sup­port Clin­ton en­joys from super del­e­gates, a group of top party cadres who have made her nomination pos­si­ble. Un­less the Demo­cratic Party unites all of its wings, their op­po­nents could stage a sur­prise. Al­ready, the lat­est polls have con­ferred lead­er­ship in the pres­i­den­tial race to Don­ald Trump, the can­di­date of the Re­pub­li­can Party. How­ever, Trump’s large num­bers at this time arise from what Amer­i­cans call con­ven­tion bounce, a ref­er­ence to gen­er­ous me­dia vis­i­bil­ity for the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­nee and his party fol­low­ing his of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion.

Still, it is widely be­lieved that hav­ing elected an African-Amer­i­can to its Pres­i­dency, Amer­i­can vot­ers are now ready to raise the stakes by hand­ing the same of­fice to a wo­man - and there is pos­si­bly no bet­ter can­di­date that fits the bill than Hil­lary Clin­ton who has smashed a num­ber of records on her way to this lat­est con­test for the White house. The former First Lady of Arkansas, former FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), former Se­na­tor (the first former First Lady to be­come so) is in good stead to be­come that coun­try’s first fe­male Pres­i­dent. If Hil­lary makes it to the White House in Jan­uary 2017, the sec­ond time, it will be as first cit­i­zen and her hus­band, Bill, as First Man or Gen­tle­man. What a stun­ning ex­pe­ri­ence it will be!

On her way to the White House, Mrs Clin­ton is dogged by many ob­sta­cles; al­though Amer­i­cans judge her as com­pe­tent, they nei­ther like nor trust her. Many Amer­i­cans think that hav­ing been in the cor­ri­dors of power for too long, Hil­lary doesn’t have the moral courage to take the re­quired steps to clean what they al­ways re­fer to as the mess in Wash­ing­ton. They also think that in the course of her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer in the cap­i­tal, she has pos­si­bly done many things to feather her own nest, not least by us­ing a pri­vate email server to con­duct what was oth­er­wise of­fi­cial busi­ness. Mer­ci­fully, both the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) and the Jus­tice Depart­ment agree that much as Clin­ton was “ex­tremely care­less” in trans­act­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion on a pri­vate email server, no “rea­son­able pros­e­cu­tor” will press crim­i­nal charges against her.

Po­ten­tial vot­ers in Clin­ton coun­try are equally con­cerned at the mil­lions of dol­lars the fam­ily has raked from the Wall Street for speak­ing ap­point­ments which they cite as ev­i­dence of chummy re­la­tion­ship with a crooked busi­ness world. Clin­ton also faces the scru­tiny of be­ing the wife of Bill, some­one seen as hav­ing a very soft spot for the op­po­site sex!

How­ever, prov­i­dence could well be on Clin­ton’s side as she is be­ing matched with a clumsy, gar­ru­lous, in­con­sis­tent and self-cen­tred Re­pub­li­can op­po­nent in the per­son of Trump. How can Trump ever be elected to the White House if all he does is to whip up fear and of­fer sim­ple-minded solutions to se­ri­ous na­tional prob­lems? Like when he says he will build a wall to se­cure Amer­i­can border with Mex­ico or when he fright­ens Euro­pean al­lies by threat­en­ing that Pres­i­dent Trump’s Amer­ica will not de­fend them against prob­a­ble Rus­sian invasion ex­cept they pay for pro­tec­tion!

Trump can­not re­al­is­ti­cally hope to be the PO­TUS in this elec­tion af­ter he un­fairly char­ac­terised the Latino im­mi­grants as rapists and drug couri­ers; or his men­tion of Mus­lims as be­ing the cause of vi­o­lence in Amer­ica. Trump’s silly sug­ges­tion that Mus­lims should be banned from en­ter­ing Amer­ica and that those in­side should bear some form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is an in­di­ca­tion that he doesn’t un­der­stand the foun­da­tional phi­los­o­phy of the coun­try he lives in.

Sim­i­larly, Trump’s tantrums against women, even mock­ing their nat­u­ral phys­iog­nomies, have alien­ated him from a vast num­ber of vot­ers. As for African-Amer­i­cans, their at­ti­tude to Trump’s quest to be the PO­TUS is a no-brainer. They have long sus­pected that Trump was a racist and his con­tin­u­ous out­bursts con­firm their fear.

Be­side his lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in govern­ment, Trump’s tem­per­a­men­tal char­ac­ter bor­ders on ar­ro­gance which only af­fords him a nar­row base among the less for­tu­nate and an­gry white Amer­i­cans.

It is up to her to win the trust of Amer­i­can vot­ers ahead of the Novem­ber elec­tions but an­a­lysts have de­scribed Hil­lary Clin­ton as “one of the best pre­pared and most knowl­edge­able can­di­dates ever to seek Pres­i­dency” of the United States of Amer­ica. She will be buoyed by ris­ing ap­proval rat­ings of the out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as well as dyed in the wool Span­ish-speak­ing, ex-Gov­er­nor of Vir­ginia and Se­na­tor, Tim Kaine, her Vice Pres­i­den­tial pick.

Prov­i­dence could well be on Clin­ton’s side as she is be­ing matched with a clumsy, gar­ru­lous, in­con­sis­tent and self­cen­tred Re­pub­li­can op­po­nent

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