So much commentary around this election has fallen into the trap of suggesting Hillary is the best candidate only because she’s running against Donald Trump. But Hillary would be the best candidate no matter which Republican she were facing. And her wise choice of Tim Kaine as a running mate further solidifies her exceptional campaign.
Because Trump is such an unmitigated disaster – and because of the false equivalency drawn between the high unfavorables of both candidates – Hillary is often said to be winning only because he is so awful, with little regard for what a terrific campaign she is running.
The fact is this: Her general election rollout was outstanding, and her team has only continued to move forward in a similarly deliberate and disciplined fashion, placing one foot in front of the other without any notable missteps.
And lest there be any doubt the media still favor Trump, consider this: Her virtually stumble-free campaign is barely given mention. Only when they can say something negative about her do they mention her at all — which is why, as Eric Boehlert keenly observes, the endless email reporting is “a ‘scandal’ in search of a crime” — but the remarkable occasion of an unusually gaffe-free presidential campaign by a historic presidential nominee barely merits passing comment.
Hillary is running a campaign that so highly functional, competent, and effective that it would defeat anyone the Republicans had nominated. And yet there is little regard for what an extraordinary candidate she really is. Because even the most well-oiled and perfectly executed campaign is nothing if it isn’t behind a great candidate.
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Hillary’s life has been preparation for this very moment. She has built a career fighting for educational and housing rights, for women’s workplace rights, for healthcare access, for reproductive rights, for people – children and women and first responders and veterans and people who need jobs, childcare, food. For marginalized people who need someone in power to recognize their value, their humanity.
She was listening, and learning, and figuring out how to be a change-maker as a student. As a young attorney. As the First Lady of Arkansas. As the First Lady of the United States. As a U.S. Senator. As a presidential candidate. As Secretary of State. And still, even now, as the first female nominee of a major party in the nation’s history.
Long before she even considered that she might one day be president, she was nonetheless preparing for the role – by living a life in pursuit of being as effective an advocate for change as she could be, which eventually led her toward the presidency.
She hasn’t spent a lifetime figuring out how to be president. She’s spent a lifetime becoming one.
So when we look at the glaring disparities between her opponent, calamitously unfit by every conceivable measure, we shouldn’t judge her by his rock-bottom garbage standard, but by the extraordinary standard she has set.
Which would not merely leave Donald wanting, but every one of the candidates who competed in the Republican primary. And every sitting Republican governor, senator, representative, or any other office across the whole of the United States.
None of them, not a one, is more qualified or better prepared for the presidency than Hillary.
The Republicans ran their absolute worst option by orders of magnitude, but even if they’d run their best, that candidate, too, would pale in comparison to the Democratic nominee, in policy, personality, and preparation.
The thing is, Hillary is already a statesperson. It usually takes being a president to elevate someone to that status: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama were not already statespeople before they held office. She’s already achieved it.
There’s probably no such thing, really, as being overqualified for arguably the most demanding job on the planet, but, if there were, Hillary would be overqualified.
As it is, she is certainly the most qualified person ever to run.
But you don’t need to take it from me. Listen to a guy who knows better than anyone what it takes to be President of the United States in today’s world:
You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. You can read about it; you can study it; but until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions. …And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever, quits. That is the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman – not me, not Bill, nobody – more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.