Hillary Clinton is unpopular because she’s inauthentic and a very bad and brazen liar. Brooks is right that Clinton has dedicated her life to what he calls “public service.” And that’s fair enough. But she’s also dedicated her life to the pursuit of power — and it shows. She’s a partisan, vindictive, and somewhat paranoid public figure who is about as good at faking sincerity as she is at faking laughter. I’ve been hearing for years that Clinton needs to show “the real Hillary.” Her own consultants talked last summer about releasing “Hillary 5.0.”
One can argue, reasonably well, that there would be no authentic Doughy Pantload if there was no Lucianne Goldberg > Linda Tripp > Monica Lewinski. And that, friends, is all the public service that you will ever find at chez Goldberg, which is the definition of power-hungry vindictiveness.
(I’m not a Brooks-ologist, so please visit Yastreblyansky for his take on David Brooks, and I imagine Driftglass is furiously pounding his keyboard, too. I’ll link if I’m right and he is woking on it.)
UPDATE 1: Yup, Driftglass was on it.