The article treats one characteristic of Hillary's that I like best. It is the reason why I think she will be an awesome president: she is diligent, assiduous, leaves no stone unturned, and has a mind like a steel trap! Read this, then watch the debate tonight. Trump will not be ready for the incoming. Enjoy! Be prepared to cheer!
It was November in Iowa, and Martin O’Malley was polling at 4%.
This was not, however, about to stop Hillary Clinton from ensuring that if and when the little-known Maryland governor attacked her ties to Wall Street on the debate stage, which he did, she would be ready with a perfectly tailored response, which she was.
“Well, you know, governor,” she said, “I know that when you had the chance to appoint a commissioner for financial regulation, you chose an investment banker in 2010.”
It was with the same specificity and ease that Clinton landed one hit after the other on Donald Trump in the first debate, weaving into nearly every exchange a dredged-up quote or damning data point from nearly every period of her opponent’s life.
“And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said by the end of the night, introducing the world to Miss Universe 1996, whom Trump once criticized for gaining weight. “He called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping.’”
“Donald,” Clinton said, ready with the line. “She has a name.”
Trump put his face to the mic. “Where did you find this? Where did you find this?”
“… Her name is Alicia Machado.”
“Where did you find this?” Trump asked Clinton a third time.
The question has perplexed her opponents on the debate stage before. But for the aides who have worked with Clinton in close proximity on campaigns, the hyper-specific and obscure jab, delivered with on-the-spot precision, is their boss’ trademark. As described by current and former staffers, Clinton is a candidate who insists on being “humongously prepared,” who consumes research with “obsessive” rigor — and who, perhaps more than most elected officials, delights in the art form known by political professionals as “oppo.”
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