If Hillary Clinton really wants to be President of the United States, she must continue to do what she did last night in the CNN debate — be in touch with her humanity.
For better or worse, we, as American voters, feel the need to relate in a Dr. Phil/Oprah kind of way to our presidential candidates. No matter how smart or qualified, we still can’t get past our desire to have our leaders feel our pain and then throw back a beer over some barbecue.
I’m not sure the Brits felt those were qualities they wanted or needed in Margaret Thatcher.
But Hillary still needs a story. Maybe she found the beginning of that story last night.
Borrowing (careful Hillary, some might say plagiarizing) from the John Edwards playbook, she spoke about the fact that no matter what happens in the race, the candidates will be fine, but that we need to focus on how to make things better for America. Clinton’s affect seemed toned down and genuine, maybe a little weary.
Being in touch with our own humanity, no matter what we’re doing, is what makes us likable and appealing to others. It’s no different for politicians. After seeing what it was about her husband that resonated with voters, I’m a little surprised Clinton hadn’t figured that out yet.
If she’s finally gotten to the place where she can be smart and show her more human, less wonky, face, things could turn around. Even if they don’t, being able to show that part of herself to the world isn’t such a bad bonus.