If Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States in November, she would be the second President Clinton, but the first President BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free).
Because surely, if elected, she would utilise the expertise, experience and political smarts of husband Bill who served two terms in the White House from 1993 to 2001.
Of course, for a whole segment of the American public, that is a huge problem: elect Hillary, get Bill, too. Hill and Bill, Bill and Hill... Even the combination of their names sets some American teeth on edge with its slight resonance of "Hillbilly"... For let us not for a moment forget that America's elite is as capable of snobbery as Britain's elite.
For all America's talk of meritocracy, their own political class is drawn largely from the top-drawer schools and colleges. Across the Atlantic, the ability to reach the top in politics depends almost as much on who you went to prep-school or college with, as it does here in the UK.
And that boy from Arkansas who was so prodigiously clever that he got to the White House despite not being from the wealthy East Coast family, really annoys a lot of key political figures; indeed, many of America's elite can't ever forgive him for that.
And they are certainly not keen to embraceHillary who has to contend with both snobbery and misogyny. Because, again, let's not kid ourselves, even in 2016, a lot of men fear or dislike powerful women (and fear or dislike women with opinions, so I'll probably attract some trolls). You only have to look at the vilification directed at Margaret Thatcher long, long before she "dealt" with the miners' strike to know that there are a lot of men who feel threatened by a woman in a position of authority.
And it's not only men, either: some women, especially some older women, who grew up in an era when women were expected to be seen and not heard, and that a woman should stay home to bake cookies and be a full-time mother; some of them also disapprove of the very clever and politically savvy Hillary.
As a Brit and a Boomer (like Hillary) and a woman deeply opposed to both snobbery and misogyny, I am rooting for a second President Clinton and a first President BOGOF.
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