(Screenshot via HillaryClinton.com)
I really enjoyed reading Glenn Thrush's Politico sit-down with Hillary Clinton, in spite of its rather provocative header—mine's a little less so.
Thrush has covered her for over a decade, and perfectly sums up why, I think, in spite of her many positives, people are inclined to mistrust her—she is a reticent to be open and easy with the press:
... as a reporter for Long Island’s Newsday, I had a local scribe’s regular, if intermittent access to Clinton and found her to be funny, friendly and occasionally candid, if fundamentally guarded.
It's that fundamentally guarded quality that leads otherwise sane people to presume she must be hiding malfeasance, and it pours gasoline on any small fires that actually do exist in her record, so that rather than giving her the benefit of the doubt, many voters—even some who vote for her—assume she is up to no good. (It's not a surprise that as soon as news of the Panama leak dropped, scores of Bernie Sanders supporters were wildly guessing it meant Hillary was involved since she had supported President Obama's Panama trade deal.)
In the Politico piece, Hillary fairly questions Bernie's Democratic cred, smiling and saying she couldn't answer whether he is a “real Democrat”: