Hillary isn’t perfect. She makes mistakes. Then she learns from them. When she falls down, she doesn’t cry and whine; she brushes herself off and goes back at it. When she loses, she shows good sportsmanship. When she wins, she doesn’t gloat and strut, she gets down to work. She gets no credit for these really wonderful traits that so many other candidates don’t possess.
It is true that, in the course of a political career that now spans more than 20 years in the public eye (8 years as First Lady, 8 years in the Senate and 4 years as Secretary of State), Hillary has made decisions or taken a position based upon the information she had at the time. Later on, she may learn more and decide that it was a bad decision or decide to change her position. She has been willing to stand up and admit when she is wrong. She is willing to study and accept new facts and change her mind—in the public eye. She does not dig in her heels and cling to bad information, and refusal to own up to her own actions. I like this in a person and especially in a decision-maker. Anything less leads to increasingly bad outcomes and eventually system failures. As any entrepreneur knows, successes are fertilized by prior mistakes and those who finally succeed are those who have grown the most from their experiences—both the good and the bad. In this respect, I can think of no other politician who has shown such honesty and candor as Hillary in talking about matters on which she has revised earlier opinions. Does this count in her favor with the public? Of course not. If you listen to her critics, changing one’s mind even after five or ten years is a sign of weakness, not strength. I happen to disagree.
There are so few candidates whose careers are as long and as fraught with public scrutiny as Hillary’s has been. When you think about it, she has twenty years of both public and private material for her opponents to use against her. Twenty years that have seen many politicians come and go. We’ve seen Hillary breaking glass ceilings one after another and having to share her successes and failures completely publicly. She has stumbled and fallen gracefully (such as with her healthcare initiative as First Lady). And she has chalked up outrageous victories graciously (being the first first Lady ever elected to the Senate—and then knocking it out of the park and being re-elected by the biggest margin in New York history). She has even endured some of the most painful and humiliating personal set-backs (such as with her husband’s affairs) and has chosen to respond the way she wants to—with understanding and forgiveneness—not with the bitterness and bile that the public expects (because that is what it gets from lesser women). Hillary, thank goodness, doesn’t need to measure her self-worth on the basis of any man’s fickle sexuality.
This is now being passed around on Facebook and it summarizes my feelings as well:
It happens that this is what I want in a president. I want someone who works hard and is able to make decisions, rather than avoiding issues, but who is willing to admit when it is time to move on. There are a huge number of important issues for a presidential candidate to master. Hillary has shown time and again that she is enormously smart and capable of not only mastering the facts and the significance of issues but that she is really rather brilliant at both understanding the complexity of hundreds of diverse issues as well as boiling down the issue to explain it to others in terms that are clear and accurate. I’m going with the #smartlady who has dedicated her life to public service, not #bankruptrump, thank you very much!