She may not be an inspirational candidate, but her job now is to persuade voters that she's the last best hope against Trump.
When Bill Clinton spoke to the Democratic convention on Tuesday night, he warmly recalled the time in 1985 when Hillary Clinton learned about a preschool program in Israel that taught low-income mothers how to become the first teachers for their children and then introduced it in Arkansas. When Joe Biden was at the podium, he declared, "Hillary understood that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling thinking, 'Oh my God, what if I get breast cancer or he has a heart attack? I will lose everything. What will we do then?'"
Tim Kaine on Wednesday night pointed out that Clinton had fought "to get health insurance for 8 million low-income children when she was first lady." He added, "When you want to know something about the character of somebody in public life, look to see if they have a passion that began long before they were in office, and that they have consistently held it throughout their career." And President Barack Obama, in a rip-roaring stem-winder, asserted, "Hillary's still got the tenacity that she had as a young woman working at the Children's Defense Fund, going door to door to ultimately make sure kids with disabilities could get a quality education."
With Hillary Clinton's disapproval ratings nearly as high as Donald Trump's record-setting numbers, the message of the Democratic gathering in Philadelphia this week has been simple: She is better than you think, whether you're a Republican predisposed to dislike a Democrat but now concerned about Donald Trump or a Bernie Sanders supporter who views Hillary Clinton as the flag carrier for a corrupt corporatist elite. Bill Clinton even acknowledged that his wife, thanks to her detractors, has become a "cartoon" for many. He added, "Cartoons are two-dimensional. They're easy to absorb. Life in the world is complicated."
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