Why did Hillary Clinton lose the Democratic presidential nomination?
The press is all over themselves today trying to figure it out. There so-called experts blame everyone from the pitiful fundraisers to her vote on Iraq to her husband, and more.
Maybe. But I think she lost for one simple reason, and it is completely encapsulated in this picture:
This is perhaps the fake, forced expression I can imagine. Completely ingenuine.
And yet, how many times have we seen this on this campaign? Every other day, it seems.
There is not a genuine sentiment in this picture. I do not believe it's how Mrs. Clinton looks when she is truly expressing astonishment.
This is, rather, her "I'm-on-camera-and-must-look-astonished look," and everyone knows it.
It is so obviously fake. It is clearly a lie. It is very off-putting.
You'd never catch Bill Clinton making this kind of face. Or Barack Obama. Or even John McCain.
This is why it's a good think Hillary lost. She just doesn't have that necessary, magical quality. She would have gone through her White House years fighting off all of the right-wing conspiracy that overwhelmed her husband, with the disadvantage of insincerity to boot.
It would have been a disaster, and we all now it. In fact, we now it by the sake of a very thin smile.