On March 21, 2016, Jay Bookman, columnist and blogger of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote an insightful essay on today’s political process. However, as I had earlier responded to Jay Bookman’s column, I do not believe he painted the political and governing skills of Hillary Clinton, within his overall excellent essay, with depth and insight.
Here is the link to that essay by Jay Bookman: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/03/21/a-somewhat-unified-theory-to-explain-modern-politics/
Here was my original response to Bookman’s column:
Finally, here was my response to another poster who had agreed with Bookman’s assessment of Hillary Clinton:
“Hogwash as to Hillary’s not being a ‘modern’ politician. That, as I had mentioned to Jay Bookman earlier, in different words, is a surface analysis of Hillary Clinton, and Bookman is capable of understanding greater than surface. However, imo, either he has not followed Hillary’s political campaign and her growth with depth for this election cycle, or he has built in biases toward her which keep him from seeing her gifts with more insight. ‘A more modern alternative’ to Hillary is a catching phrase that is easy off the tongue, but it has little truth in it.
Who is more ‘modern’ – Shakespeare or current playwright David Mamet? Both are fine playwrights, but Shakespeare, who understood the dimensions of human nature and the English language in more depth and range than the outstanding Mamet I would argue, is timeless in his writing gifts and, thereby, Shakespeare is greater than simply ‘modern,’ which is more limited in connotation. Two hundred years from now, people throughout this planet will still be reading and performing Shakespeare, but relatively few will know who David Mamet was.
Hillary Clinton is not a one-note candidate. Sanders soars high and so does Elizabeth Warren and so they both impress of the moment, but they do not have Hillary Clinton’s gifts, and therefore lack her staying power.
I retract my fleeting thought, earlier, that Elizabeth Warren should be Clinton’s Vice President. Warren’s silver-quick, but limited, tongue and mind seduced my thinking, temporarily. She, too, is a one-note candidate, like Sanders.
Hillary has compassion, humor, nurturing, high intellect of a penetrating and nuanced kind as mentioned by Barack Obama, and he should know. That type of candidate never goes out of style. Labels defy the depth of her worth to this nation, and to this world, at this point in history.