Tomorrow morning's conversation at the office water cooler will be a guessing game, What is Hillary Clinton's next move. But the thoughts of the persistent and determined Hillary's is "What have I not done to clinch the deal ?" ChelseaClinton is secretly (not any more )strategizing that one day she should too run for presidency and that she will have to sit at this seat of power fulfilling a dream, if not for herself but for her mother who had secretly harnessed in her heart in 1973 to run for the candidacy of president of America, and when she learnt that there was another fellow student at Yale Law School who also shared the same dream she picked him and stuck by him during all odds.
Hillary knew very well that america was a closed book when it came to a female president, hence she calculated her moves to run for candidacy almost 35 years ago. First, she married somebody who cherished the same dream and who had the charm, wit and intellect to persuade america to vote for a female president.She also built her resume to make herself a prime candidate for the party's nomination. During Bill Clinton's impeachment trial due to the lies in his testimony and the extra marital affairs with the pretty brunette Monica Lewinsky, Hillary clinton continued to keep her marriage because she was not ready to risk her dream. She kept away from the legal bickering which is a logical move for any woman having a husband with a roving eye.
After her husband's political term as president, they remained in the North east and Hillary then ran to become the Senator of New York state - a state that literally decides the Capitol's move. Consequently she wrote 2 books, as the next step to voice her views on various issues. In the last election of 2004, Hillary had unofficially started her campaign at the Democratic party not campaigning for the then democratic candidate John Kerry,but herself. As She dreamt she planned and took strides to retrace her steps to the white house and eventually the seat of power which still eludes her technically. Hillary Clinton has been campaigning not for the last 17 months as most media mention but for the last 8 years actively for a nomination and the last 35 years in total to harness her dream.
If Hillary Clinton does not become the president she will become disgruntled, and a deeply troubled woman and may become bitter. She would still be aiming for an equivalent position. Or would want something equally powerful to leave behind as a legacy.(Think Al Gore) Not satisfied she has started calculating her moves again. Or as America changes a new amendment in constitution will take place to make a seat for Hillary Clinton to be on the hill.
When dreams do not fulfill, people go down - depressed, frustrated, agonized. Some intensifying their fight and some trying to keep on the trail. Her fight and her conquest to stay in the race when every body wanted her to quit is a tale that parents will tell their children all around the world and for that she has climbed the highest peak. But her fight would end only when she officially holds the title of the President of America. And everyone in this country and beyond knows that she was the "unofficial" President of America when her husband held the title because technically she ran the show.
Determined,persistent,strategic,intelligent and ambitious Hillary Clinton is a lesson to many who continue to be perseverant in their lives. And Dreams are worth fighting for. For only it is in such people that the world continues to hope to find encouragement in their lives. For only in such people will the world continue to change, continue to excite others not to compromise,but to live LIFE.
She is manipulative, a sign of a great politician. And articulative enough to collect votes from the undereducated, aging, blue collared, rural and white population who is unwilling to accept the repercussions of globalization which Thomas Friedman romanticized in the best seller, The world is Flat and trusted their votes to whom they thought may be their savior.
She played the race and gender card wisely. She did not hesitate to drop key personnel in her campaign when they did not agree with her thus showing the first signs of crackle in her own closet which is definitely not a good sign for those running for power. But it is commendable that she won thumping in the primaries.
For Hillary Clinton, it is either her way or no way. She screamed about the health care practices that she will employ if elected to power, but her colossal defeat in this regard happened during her husbands presidency term 8 years ago when they had the same health care plans and did not implement it. She tried seducing the American voters saying that she would cut the gas taxes for 3 months if she is ultimately elected to power. A power lover she did not fall short of employing such cheap ploys to reclaim her power in the white house. She stretched resiliently on in the fight and still stands without a wave of goodbye which is perseverance amplified or ..
The battle that Hillary started in herself almost 35 years ago have helped the country to overlook conservatives and has helped change history. But as the Zen Master would say,"We will see."
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