Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with people assembled to meet her while sitting with business leaders Kiki Smith Cyrus (L) and Cynthia Hardy (R) at Kiki's Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Columbia, S.C. on May 27, 2015.
Photo by Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters

Let Me Finish: Hillary on the campaign trail

Let me finish with Hillary out there on the campaign trail.

Campaigns are conversations. The candidate talks. People listen. If they like something they hear, they applaud. If the press likes what it hears, thinks it’s significant, it writes it up, maybe even offers a cheer.

It also works the other way. If a candidate says something that fails to get a rise out of the crowd, or fails to impress the press, you can hear the thud, the dull but recognizable silence that fills the air when a politician says, to put it succinctly, nothing, when they staff serenades the traveling media with robo-talk, talking chirps whatever you want to call the verbal excelsior that fills the air but not the brain.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton spoke in the words, thoughts, feelings of a real-life human being.

She spoke openly of her personal ambition – to once again live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Finally!!! A candidate is telling us that they want!!! Isn’t it great to have one admit that simple desire to success is winning the top office in the country? To be counted among the 45 presidents!!! To have your portrait hanging there, not just in the White House but in the history books of every young school child!!!

Secretary Clinton went further Wednesday, kidding the audience about the fact we won’t have to watch her hair turn white as president because, as she put it, she’s been coloring her hair for decades.

Look, most people want some kind of personal connection with the President of the United States. We don’t have that feeling about other offices – maybe mayor in a big city like New York – but we do have it about the person who seeks to fill Lincoln’s chair. We want a feel for the person we elect to our highest, most historic office.

Hillary Clinton showed she knows just how to give it to us.

For that, I say “Hooray for Her!!!”

Hardball Let Me Finish and Hillary Clinton

Let Me Finish: Hillary on the campaign trail