Every politician pursues power, but when Hillary Clinton does it, it's wrong

To the editor: While the marketing that goes into a presidential campaign may be distasteful, the only thing more laughable than the idea that Hillary Rodham Clinton is desperately searching for her identity is the idea that her prospective opponents haven't also hired public relations firms to burnish their image. ("Hillary Clinton's identity crisis," column, Feb. 23)

Clinton may not have her husband's rhetorical skills, but her tenure as secretary of State left no doubt in the minds of Americans about who she is. Turns out they have enough common sense to realize they're better off with a smart, thoughtful president than an under-informed, impulsive one.


I look forward to reading more of Jonah Goldberg's attempts to take Clinton down leading up to the 2016 election. Surveying the field of would-be challengers, it's the Republican Party that has reason to be desperate.

John Wolfenden, Sherman Oaks


To the editor: Goldberg's closing:

"No doubt many voters — and pundits — will happily buy whatever they come up with for Clinton. But others will focus not on what's new in Hillary 5.0, but what is a constant in all of the versions so far: a purpose defined by the pursuit of power."

Hasn't he received the memo that all politicians' "purpose" is to reach the highest office in the nation, no matter if it's Clinton, Jeb Bush or any of the others? Are they all "defined by the pursuit of power"?

Jan Thompson, Woodland Hills

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