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  • COMMENTARY: Inside The Mind Of Hillary

    Hillary Clinton loves two things; pantsuits and power. Pantsuits are easy to get. Power, especially the power of the Presidency, is a bit harder. Not long ago she asked, “isn’t it about time for a woman to be President?” Time and gender, she suggests, should qualify her to be President. But underneath this quest for power is her fault line, vulnerability.

    When it comes to her pantsuits Bill and Hillary have had disagreements. She prefers pantsuits and he  does not. To understand why Hillary loves the pantsuits, and why it matters in understanding her, we need to consider her past, her parents, her feminist strivings.

    Hillary Clinton comes from a family of divided sympathies. Her father, Hugh, was a Republican. Her mother, a Democrat, held her views quietly. But her mother did not hold back views that Hillary should engage whatever in life she wanted. Her father was a sour man, hot tempered, abusive, humiliating. While Hillary adopted her father’s temper, she adopted her mother’s politics. In addition, her parents fought like she and Bill have fought. Hillary likes to fight. Watching Hillary on television it is easy to notice she wears a glacial appearance with anger.This is one reason she is so unlikeable.

    Hillary’s temper is clearly depicted by Ed Klein in his book, Unlikeable. It is important to consider her temper because a leader must have the maturity to handle their feelings. Political leaders face situations and realities that the average person does not face. Along with a hot temper, handling  the  truth appears to be a problem for Hillary.  How do we know? Consider how she handled Benghazi, her husband’s infidelity by blaming a vast right wing conspiracy, and the current email security issues as Secretary Of State. They demonstrate a character flawed in self admission. Not telling the truth has to do with her fear of vulnerability, particularly the vulnerability of being a woman.

    Hillary wears pantsuits for a reason. It isn’t just for comfort. In Hillary, A Woman In Charge, by Carl Bernstein, he states that while in High School Hillary was not seen as ‘girlish’ but rather, as ‘womanish.’ He tells the story that as a kid Hillary once hit a bully, a girl, and then declared she could now play with the boys.

    Hillary is like any liberal socialistic progresssive modern; she wants to be seen as caring. The reality is that her caring is political and meant to soothe the political heart only. She pushes a theme like a psychotherapist; to make America whole again. Wholeness of the mind is meant to cure, wholeness of a country dissolves the limits of  reality, as if all thinking can be the same.Or, what is a whole country? Not everyone can be the same in thought and feeling.

    The overiding concern is that Hillary is not someone you can trust for the truth. That is a public servant’s worst nightmare. Also, a nightmare for the voters. So, why is the truth hard for Hillary Clinton? Again, her vulnerability. Hillary dare not tell the truth for she will show her vulnerability and be viewed as a weak feminist woman. This would be  unpalatable to Hillary.

    The pantsuits for Hillary also serve as her way of reinforcing for voters that she is as tough as a man. If she wears the pants she is saying to men and women, “I wear the pants around here.” That way she shows men and women that she is tough, in charge, and invulnerable.  Plus, capable of the top job of President. Hillary shows her feminism, not her femininity because feminism appears harder, femininity vulnerable, and therefore, weak. Ironically, her tough appearance is  one reason she is so unlikeable.  She does not understand that by being feminine, vulnerable, honest, her unlikeablity would become likeable. She would be smarter to act real and vulnerable and honest. That is the way to real power.


    Ben Feldman

    Ben Feldman

    Ben Feldman is a psychotherapist with a Master's in Psychiatric Social Work. He has been practicing since receiving his degree in 1971. He has also studied at the Tampa Bay Institute Of Psychoananlysis and is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society. Recently, he was appointed a supervising therapist at the China American Psychoanalytic Association. In addition, he writes a column for the Santiva Chronicle called Talking Therapy.

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