“It’s so phony”: Hillary Clinton’s Shattered Dreams

I’ve often wondered what it is about politics that intrigues me so much.

It’s a repulsive enterprise in so many ways, filled with smarmy, backstabbing characters who, when they’re not kissing babies, are stealing their lollipops–and those are just the good guys. I think it has something to do with why I’ve always been attracted to writing, specifically the mechanics of weaving together theme and story to produce a compelling narrative. When you think about it, political campaigns are a lot like that, with the candidate playing the role of the central protagonist and the voters following his journey. Even if the candidate is a flawed person, if he’s interesting enough you just can’t help but want to know how everything turns out–especially when the odds are stacked against him.