Clinton’s campaign, as told through Game of Thrones GIFS

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Malcolm Robinson, Staff Reporter

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State and only 2016 presidential candidate who has managed to be criticized for entirely irrelevant issues as well as completely concerning ones, has found herself engulfed by a veil of political outrage and controversy. To say Clinton has had a pretty eventful campaign would be an understatement.

Much like any presidential platform, the harrowing tale of Clinton’s trek through 2016 politics can be one that is confusing and, frankly, hard to follow. However, all those who would take HBO over a conventional news channel any day will be delighted to know that Clinton’s current campaign can be summarized with the help of a classic television show: Game of Thrones.

Never has an analogy ever been more fitting to detail Clinton’s recent bid. Her campaign, complete with conspiracy and intrigue, is essentially a less fatal and more fantastic version of the series.

The beginning of Clinton’s campaign was much like the beginning of Twitter war: her claim to fame sparked it all. Being a member of the influential Clinton political family made her a sort of go-to politician. If her failure in her previous 2008 Presidential campaign gave any sort of warning, however, it was that political prominence does not guarantee success. Nonetheless, she capitalized on her popularity and moderately successful political career to go forth into the race of presidency with a greatly (and appropriately) inflated ego.

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On June 13 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City, Hillary gave a formal speech announcing her  presidential bid. The event was icing on the cake for her already heavily publicized decision to run for presidency.

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Naturally, America’s reaction was bursting with positive eagerness.

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Her physical campaign stretched from the states of New York to Iowa – the latter accepting her with wide arms only to reject her a mere months later. During her trip, she made sure to satisfy a Chipotle fix along the way that effectively made her more relatable to the masses.

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Her refusal to host any more formal press conferences would have the unintended effect of cementing the common belief that she was a spiteful she-devil. To this day, the reasons behind her atypical social decisions are as obscure as Jon Snow’s heritage.

Furthermore, the media and Hillary have never been particularly close. The strained dynamic between the two has more to do with her cold, intimidating public perception rather than an actual flaw in policies. This would later reemerge as a primary component in her recent struggles.

For the months following her outing as a candidate she continued to decimate polls and maintain a massive lead on her rivals, including the docile Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders – who has been recently touted as a viable alternative to Clinton – and the Republican business mogul Donald Trump.

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Clinton had nearly secured the presidential bid at this point – note the word “nearly”. The fateful day of July 23 would signify a major shift in the public’s interest. In 2009, a largely overlooked statement from the National Archives and Records Administration implied that Clinton had possibly violated federal government documenting procedures. It would take nearly six years for any news medium to break the story, though once the public caught hold of Clinton’s usage of a private email server rather than a government one, opposition had sprung up from all corners of the US political realm to prosper on this convenient mistake.

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The information relayed through the emails ranged from trivial discussions with co-workers to potentially endangering details concerning entire countries. The only consistent element of the compilation was how surprisingly respectful and happy to be of service her employees seemed.

In response, Clinton’s presidential administration neglected to view the controversy as an eminent threat.

Clinton herself didn’t brace for the impending winter either at first.

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Former advocates of Clinton, however, were nowhere near as lenient on the issue. The unbridled rage of her previous supporters was almost too vast for her to handle. Additionally, prominent Democrats began renouncing her in response. It is startling how fast one’s outspoken allies can make the change from unconditional support…

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…To unfathomable disdain.

Indeed, Winter had come for Clinton, and Her vice-like grips would leave no room for warmth or tranquility as the scandal has yet to be overlooked in favor of her political merits. The concept of another Clinton in office had most pundits scratching their heads along with what is apparently the rest of society. Consequently, new foes began to gain traction and made plans to oppose the brand of the Clintons – including the harshly “honest” Trump, who’s political methodology bears great semblance to a certain former king.

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Clinton has yet to triumph over what would seem to be a simple issue. This inability is due in part to the fact that she possesses the personality of a Stannis Baratheon  (otherwise known as a “prickly lobster”) in addition to the recent tension between the public and politicians. In Clinton’s defense, though, her debating skills are easily superior to the “bulldog style” oratory of Sanders and the majority of Republican nominees, which could bode well when the first Democratic debates take place on Oct. 13.

 

This campaign is an outlier in the timeline of presidential races. Policies and eloquence will not decide the winner, but rather a candidate’s demeanor will ultimately elect the 2016 President (much like the importance celebrity status played in an earlier Californian election). Regardless, one fact is clear: America has grown weary of politicians. Whether or not the public’s unexpected fixation on personal attitude is justified will be left to voters to decide come the primaries. Could Clinton be both the cause of this anomaly and the reaction to reaffirm faith in politicians? The impending months will provide an answer to that.

In the meantime, George R.R. might possibly finish “The Winds of Winter” just in time for season 6 of Game of Thrones. So there’s a comforting thought, Hillary aficionados.

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