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Run, Hillary, Run: Defy the Critics -- Expose Your Real Self, Never Say Die

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One reluctantly knocks the political wizardry of HBO's top satirist, Bill Maher. And yet, how rude: telling his party's heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, to take a hike, in fact a year off from publicity: "Just go away." Uh oh, here's a hugely visible Democratic donor scolding the era's ultimate career politician -- though the chance of Hillary (HC) abandoning her paid PR campaign/celebrity book-tour, or her White House run, hovers above absolute zero. Her entire schtick is perseverance personified.

Is Maher aware he's messing with the substratum of the plutocratic universe, as dramatized by the movie, "Network," disturbing the "ecological balance" of the "primal forces of nature," disrupting the "one holistic system of systems"? How many savvy lieutenants, let alone stand-up comics, get to tell off the Clintons and live to tell the tale? Aside from the mundanity of governing the country, imagine how Hillary's election crowns the glory of this wannabe royal family, a peerless pinnacle to a collective public legacy.

Winning goes beyond her triumph as the first woman president: here's the first presidential couple to top the lists of lists. Hear the chuckling from these slick, hit-the-jackpot hustlers when they blast past that two-term Constitutional "inconvenience." Here's true, up-from-the-bootstraps exceptionalism, with a vengeance, and on our very TVs. Write off the boring Bushes for the Olympic, one-on-one face-off with the Kennedys, our greatest royal clan, though losing ground with only one incomplete presidency.

Advice Falling on Deaf, Tin Ears

The good news for Clinton detractors is that Maher's warning shots, and far better advice, will fall on deaf, tin ears. Only destiny and higher powers, as in Greek tragedies, thwart Clintons' high drama. Maher blatantly ignores what makes Hillary run: not great legislative feats, nor leading great reform movements, nor diplomatic breakthroughs (conspicuous throughout by their absence), but unshaken, unmatched, gritty endurance. Standing alone (with Bubba), Hillary's raison d'être is simple: be tough enough to tough out the toughest times. Sounds downright Churchillian.

Who else triumphed as the victim of a philandering governor, then as long-suffering wife of a philandering president? Who survived decades as long-time prey of the vast, rightwing conspiracy which, though lacking the malice of Obamabashing, commands greater duration? And who will certainly persevere through every Benghazi farce, coming to rival the charade parade of 40 anti-healthcare House votes?

Grit and never giving up are what Hillary has to sell: she will as likely withdraw from any public fray as defend genuine progressive principles. Here's the making of not just the first woman president but the first modern American warrior queen ready to fight to the death. Well, like all politicians, not exactly to her death, but only the disgrace of a lost national election stops the hard-boiled Madame Secretary shifting from verbal pugnacity to Commandress-in-chief fire-power.

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