by Joshua Brennig
|Hillary already cut her teeth on two very different candidates- Barack Obama, who was almost supernaturally genteel, and Bernie Sanders, who has been attacking her character relentlessly with sleazy passive-aggressive criticisms- “I’M not beholden to Wall Street like SOME people”. He refused to use her name for months in order to pretend to be running a clean campaign, before finally taking a dive into the gutter, kicking up every manner of slime to see what will stick.
Now she is facing an over-indulged narcissist who speaks like a 4th grader jacked up on a lithium/Mountain Dew speedball. How does one deflect the crude barbs of a manchild while directing the discussion back toward the complex details of the issues?
The clue to her approach lies in her vast experience and expertise in working with young children. Seriously. From her online biography: “Hillary Rodham began a year of postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center. During her postgraduate study, Rodham served as staff attorney for Edelman’s newly founded Children’s Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her first scholarly article, “Children Under the Law”, was published in the Harvard Educational Review in late 1973. Discussing the new children’s rights movement, it stated that “child citizens” were “powerless individuals” and argued that children should not be considered equally incompetent from birth to attaining legal age, but that instead courts should presume competence except when there is evidence otherwise, on a case-by-case basis. The article became frequently cited in the field. An American Bar Association chair later said, “Her articles were important, not because they were radically new but because they helped formulate something that had been inchoate. Historian Garry Wills would later describe her as “one of the more important scholar-activists of the last two decades”.
Hillary worked with troubled children from dysfunctional families who were entangled in the family court system. It would not be possible to deliberately design a more appropriate person to deal with the arrested development of the GOP’s nominee. Hillary knows how to gently manage a recalcitrant child who is acting out, without being mean to the child, or diminishing herself in any way. Hillary has an agenda to present to the nation, and will handle that task smoothly and professionally, just as any teacher delivers their curriculum past the distractions of the spitball shooter in the third row, and the ginger sitting behind him making fart noises with his hand in his armpit.
It’s not up to Hillary to draw reasonable responses out of Donald Trump. The public and the media can vet him or not- Hillary need only point out her own strengths and wait patiently as Trump stumbles over himself, the bad turnip festering at the bottom of one crazy word salad after another.