Yet another scandal has cropped up around presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. This time, she is under fire for using a private email account while at the State Department instead of using a government email. This revelation has reignited debate over Hillary’s presidential prospects. The Clintons have been marred with shifty-seeming mini-scandals, as well as some better-known ones; Whitewater comes to mind, as well as the Rose Law Firm records. Ms. Clinton has been the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2018 Presidential election almost since day one, and yet, there are grumblings. Ms. Clinton has an imposing track record—First Lady, senator, Secretary of State – and she has been well liked in every role.
However, her previous presidential aspirations have fallen short. In 2008, when her stature loomed almost as large as it does now, she was defeated by a little-known Illinois senator. Hillary brings with her a lot of baggage: political dynasticism, the Clinton years, and recent developments like Benghazigate that have added to her baggage. There is much to admire in Ms. Clinton: her pragmatism, intelligence, and political experience – but there are also many things that turn off voters.
There have been claims from the 2008 election that Ms. Clinton is not very good at campaigning, and that, despite her celebrity presence, she needs to make sure she connects with voters. This scandal could be a mere blip in Hillary’s campaign, or it could end up being the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Benghazi is still very fresh in everyone’s minds, and the Clinton’s have never been able to scrub themselves clean of the various scandals surrounding them.
If Ms. Clinton is to make a strong 2018 campaign, she will have to make sure that she can maintain the trust of the American people. She can ill-afford another scandal if she really has presidential ambitions. Ms. Clinton is currently the most formidable candidate, but she is also the one most susceptible to small mistakes. A successful campaign will have to effectively harness her wide experience yet refrain from losing the trust of voters.