This piece was originally published in January under the pseudonym Anna Whitlock. It is among the most shared pieces of content about Hillary Clinton of the entire 2016 election. The writer has now come forward publicly: It is Karoli Kuns, managing editor of Crooks and Liars. The full article is here: I was a Hillary Hater until… If you’re in a hurry, at least read this:
I have a confession to make: In 2008, I was one of the most ardent Hillary Clinton haters on the planet. I was ferocious about how much I didn’t want her to win the primaries, and I rejoiced the day she gave her concession speech.
It was not until President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State that my attitude began to soften, and it’s here I want to begin.
Emails revealed a different Hillary
She was a great Secretary of State. Secretary John Kerry may be basking in the credit for closing the deals, but he walked through the doors Secretary Clinton opened for him.
Her tenure as Secretary of State, of course, led to the bogus email scandal, which in turn led to the slow-drip release of the emails on her home server. I decided I was going to read them.
In those emails, I discovered a Hillary Clinton I didn’t even know existed.
In those emails, I found a woman who seemed to understand power and how to use it wisely. A woman of formidable intellect who actually understood the nuances of a thing, and how to strike a tough bargain.
She really cares about our future
I read every single one of the emails released in August, and what I found was someone who actually gave a damn about the country, the Democratic party, and all of our futures. The Hillary caricature you see in the press is not the Hillary Clinton I came to know by reading those emails.
There was unflagging, utmost respect for the man who occupied the White House – the office she fought so valiantly to attain. She made the most of every minute of her tenure as Secretary of State. Not a day went by where she shirked the duty vested in her.
In short, she proved herself beyond what any other candidate has done, and she did it professionally, assertively, and without drama.
She’ll fight – and fight hard
Here’s something else I learned about her through those emails: She’ll fight. And she’ll fight hard. She won’t shy away from a renegade Congress and she won’t always play nice. But she does play by the rules, which is more than I can say for a lot of the candidates on the other side.