If you love
If you adore
But if you're a passionate liberal who is sour on Clinton and hoping that the "real Hillary" will break through, my advice to you is, "Start drinking heavily."
Likewise, if you're a committed and sincere conservative but just can't get your head around the excitement over Trump, I'm afraid to tell you: This is it. Visions of a mature, disciplined, "presidential"
Don't listen to the pundits and TV hosts asking, "Is this a new Hillary?" or, "Is this the Trump pivot we've been waiting for?" You'll hear this in one form or another a kazillion times between now and
Let's start with Clinton. D.C. reporters have been writing variations of the "Is this a new
"Interviews with potential voters showed that Mrs. Clinton was unpopular in the role of chief policy adviser to her husband," the
Since then, Clinton has had more costume changes than the cast of "Cabaret." In no particular order, she's been a feminist hero who scorned stay-at-home moms (standing by their man "like Tammy Wynette," Clinton spat in one interview), a stay-at-home mom herself, a modern-day
The problem goes deeper than that. Clinton and her retinue have struggled to convince voters she's ... human.
"Back in the '92 race, Clinton pollsters devised strategies to humanize her and make her seem more warm and maternal,"
In 1995, Clinton's advisors wanted her to go on the sitcom "Home Improvement" in order to "humanize her." In 2015, her advisors told the Times her emails might help to "humanize" her because some of them mentioned TV shows she likes.
Think about it: Team Clinton has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns since 1992, and they're still trying to convince the public Hillary is human.
Trump doesn't have the same problem. He's all too human.
One of the funniest parts of the spectacle that is the Trump campaign has been watching many of his biggest boosters talk about him like he's a troubled teenager or an abusive spouse. He'll get his act together! He can change! Deep down he's good! And, most often: He can be presidential!
"I'm, like, a really smart person. ... Being presidential is easy," he says as if he were an adolescent boasting, "I could do it if I wanted to." Trump has said more than once: "I will be so presidential you won't believe it" -- after he's elected, of course.
His ambassadors to the legions of us who don't buy the con keep promising the presidential pivot is coming. The
It's like one of those construction site signs: "X Days Since an Accident." The Trump campaign record for Days Since Unpresidential Mishap is, by my count, about three. (I restarted the clock when he interrupted his VP search to sue an ex-employee for
Liberals and conservatives who pretend otherwise are fooling themselves, which is fine. But I wish they would stop trying to fool me.