Monday, September 12, 2016
Why Hillary Clinton's Illness Could Boost Her Campaign
I didn't think the U.S. presidential race could become even more nightmarish. But I was wrong.
For on a day when that country was remembering its 911 dead, and vowing to stay strong. And less than sixty days before the election.
There was Hillary Clinton wobbling worrisomely and practically collapsing with pneumonia.
And what makes the situation even worse, is that although pneumonia is a perfectly curable condition.
It can only play into the paranoid alt-right fantasies of Donald Trump and his basket of deplorables or degenerates.
Who have been claiming for months that Clinton is suffering from everything from brain cancer to Parkinson's disease.
As his supporters were doing again yesterday.
As only they can.
Which is indeed the only reason why that wobble is so worrisome.
The margin between Clinton and Trump is so close now that any slip on her part, of the tongue or of the body, could result in the election of a Putin-loving, immigrant-stigmatizing, flip-flopping, shallow and painfully unqualified former reality-television host slash ersatz self-made emperor as the United States’ 45th president.
For those who believe, as I do, that Trump’s candidacy is an insult to the safety and intelligence of our country’s electorate, Clinton’s poor health is cause for concern only to the extent that it has the potential to improve her opponent’s chances.
But although it is worrisome, if I were one of Trump's grubby followers I wouldn't celebrate too soon.
For on a day when America mourned its dead, this story was just as damaging.
Questions about Clinton's health can only raise questions about Trump's health.
And his laughable medical report...
Which as we all know, was far from satisfying...
And can only raise questions about whether he's suffering from some undisclosed condition, like early onset Alzheimers, or terminal narcissism.
So I wouldn't be surprised if the hog was stymied, and Clinton's wobbly episode could actually boost her chances of becoming President.
By reminding progressives in the U.S. that like it or not, she is their only hope of defeating that dangerous demagogue.
And making them even more determined to vote for her...
Focusing media attention on Clinton, in the final phase of the election campaign.
And most importantly, by helping to humanize her...
Which let's face it she badly needs, and has been trying to do with this new ad campaign...
So that worrisome wobble plays right into that campaign, and could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to Hillary.
For in a contest between two incredibly unpopular candidates, the one that can boost his or her sympathy factor, stands to gain a decisive advantage.
And by acting like beasts, Trump and his gang of deplorables could be in for a very unpleasant surprise...
By showing their true colours. Repelling most decent Americans.
And showing once again why they are too ugly and too dangerous to govern...