Sam Smith - Whoever prepped Hillary Clinton for the first debate deserves a national medal of honor. Gone was her poor imitation of her husband’s Arkansas thuggery and the grandiose cattle calling that has hurt so many of her speeches. Instead was a bright, strong, pleasant leader for a new time.
Of course it was made easier because Hillary Clinton doesn’t really exist – only her reaction to things. But compared to, say, Donald Trump’s consistent narcissism so unperceptive that he even took credit for not paying income taxes, it’s not bad, especially as she discovers a new generation to which to appeal.
And, as noted here recently, it’s happened before as when Lyndon Johnson dumped his segregationist past and led the passage of the great civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Politicians don’t always have to be good to be right.
Now, the key thing about Hillary Clinton is who puts the pressure on her. Thanks to the Sanders crowd, she is learning to react to something far better than in the past. The trick, if she is elected, is for the young, the unfairly treated, and the ignored to become the sound to which she responds. And the first debate was a sign of a great start.