She’s the most admired woman in the world.
Brainy and ambitious, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the steely first lady – in Arkansas and then in the nation’s capital – before she became the main attraction herself. But her late-blooming political career was just a nod to her stamina and resilience. There would’ve still been big things even without Bill, and perhaps much sooner and with much less drama.
Her resume reads like someone on the march: Class president and commencement speaker at Wellesley College. Honors at Yale Law School. Staffer for the Watergate presidential impeachment inquiry. The most influential presidential spouse in modern history. Elected U.S. senator in a state where she barely had lived. And then of course, presidential candidate, with an official announcement expected Sunday. All the while, Clinton has been an icon for women around the globe – for her strength, her suffering and her savvy. And just when many thought the sun was about to set on what still would have capped a remarkable career, she became secretary of state.
Three months into what allies once confidently described as a “shock and awe” drive to overcome his rivals and dominate the Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush’s early campaigning looks like the juggernaut that wasn’t.
He is grappling with the Republican Party’s prickly and demanding ideological blocs, particularly evangelical leaders and pro-Israel hawks. He is struggling to win over grass-roots activists in Iowa and New Hampshire, states he has visited only a handful of times. And Mr. Bush’s undisputed advantage — the millions of dollars streaming rapidly into his political organization — may not be enough to knock out other contenders.