Hillary cares. She cares and she listens.
Hillary Clinton is uncommonly empathic and thoughtful; those who initially view her as distrustful and divisive from afar find her genuine and cooperative — the real deal — in person. There is only this, from Hillary: ‘Love and Kindness.’ As First Lady, Hillary spoke about the need for ‘a great renaissance of caring in this country; saying in her book, Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton, ‘I’ve also returned again and again to this question of universality — how much we all have in common even if the (outward) circumstances of our lives may be different.’
Every election is a competition between two stories about America. Trump already knows his by heart; as a celebrity-strongman who’ll single-handedly save the country from an establishment that is too weak, stupid, corrupt and politically correct to let us blame the real source of our problems — Muslims and Mexicans and Black Lives Matter protestors; the media, business, and political elites from both parties.
Trump’s eventual opponent will need to tell a story about America that offers a powerful rebuke to the demagogue’s dark vision for the future. I like Bernie Sanders. I like a lot of what he has to say, I love his idealism, and I believe deeply in his emphasis on grassroots-change.
*Hillary Clinton isn’t perfect (far from it (sometimes very far)). As someone who’s been in politics for decades, she’s made plenty of mistakes, and will probably make many more.
Hillary is more than a policy-wonk who can’t wait to start shuffling through white-papers in the Oval. She cares. She tries. She perseveres. She finishes what she starts. When she says she’s going to do something; she does it; and when she says she’s not going to do something; she doesn’t do it. She says what she means, and means what she says.
Hillary has a chance to spin the yarn she’s always wanted to tell about America: a story deeply rooted in the American Dream… about a country that found the Courage to turn away from our darkest-impulses; that chose to embrace our growing-diversity as a strength, not a weakness; that pushed the boundaries of Opportunity outward and upward, until there are no more barriers and no more ceilings… with Liberty and Justice for all; not just for the privileged few… where we are all equal in the eyes of the law and endowed by our creator with unalienable rights… where no bank is too big to fail and nobody is too big to jail.
At stake in this election is control of a Tea Party-run Congress, at least one high court vacancy that could tip the balance (and deliver a key swing vote) for a generation (and generations to come), and the very real chance that a highly-unstable demagogue could become the 45th President of the United States.
• Jon Favreau (speechwriter) has written for Barack Obama