She was banished to the woods and that’s where she was supposed to stay. But Hillary Clinton never did what she was supposed to do.
She was supposed to plant flowers and pick out China like a good First Lady. Instead, she tried to fix health care. And people HATED that. It’s not what she’s supposed to be doing.
She didn’t bail on her husband after a mortifying betrayal. People HATED that. It’s not what she’s supposed to do.
She worked with Republicans in the Senate, even though that’s not what you’re supposed to do.
In 2008 she ran for president and was called shrill, too ambitious, nagging and a bitch. And then in 2016, she ran again even though she wasn’t supposed to.
She had the foresight to see the hateful light of those Party City Tiki torches a year before Charlottesville and call them deplorable. People HATED that. You’re not supposed to criticize the electorate.
During the 2016 campaign, reporters chased Mitt Romney for his opinion on Trump because he was the last Republican candidate for president. His opinion, of course, mattered. In the sliver of normal presidential acts, president-elect Donald Trump met with Al Gore about climate change. The pundits praised Trump because Gore was a former Democratic nominee and climate change expert. His opinion mattered.
Yet there’s a strong sentiment that Hillary, the first female nominee for a major party for president, should just shut up and go home. Here’s just a smattering of the headlines.
“Hillary: How can we miss you when you won't go away?”
“Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly into the Night? “
“'Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f--- up and go away': Democrats beg Clinton to cease her 'blame game”
Since women flooded in the streets in January, there’s an overall sentiment on the Left: RESIST. Have your voices be heard. Unless your Hillary Clinton. Then shut up.
Hillary Clinton came out of the woods and what she has to say is important. Her story, like all our stories, is IMPORTANT. She’s the first female nominee for a major party for president. No one will have that story to tell again. It’s a story worth writing. And more, importantly, a story worth reading.
So I say Welcome Back, Hillary.