The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.
“I understand why Donald Trump is so unpopular,” the New York Times’s David Brooks writes. “He earned it the old-fashioned way, by being obnoxious, insulting and offensive.”
Well there’s an original observation. But this question puzzles him: ”Why is Hillary Clinton so unpopular?”
We’ll skip straight to his answer:
I would begin my explanation with this question: Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun? We know what Obama does for fun—golf, basketball, etc. We know, unfortunately, what Trump does for fun.
But when people talk about [Mrs.] Clinton, they tend to talk of her exclusively in professional terms. For example, on Nov. 16, 2015, Peter D. Hart conducted a focus group on Clinton. Nearly every assessment had to do with on-the-job performance. She was “multitask-oriented” or “organized” or “deceptive.”
[Mrs.] Clinton’s career appears, from the outside, to be all consuming. Her husband is her co-politician. Her daughter works at the Clinton Foundation. Her friendships appear to have been formed at networking gatherings reserved for the extremely successful.
To summarize, she’s unpopular because she doesn’t have any hobbies. It follows that if she hadn’t deleted those yoga emails, she would be all but universally beloved.
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