The Holy Grail in politics is finding a candidate who has the complete package, the optimal characteristics to win a given race. The list of requirements is daunting. You want a candidate who is bright and articulate but not esoteric, with relentless focus and discipline, especially in staying on-message. A compelling personal story helps.
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Everyone pretty much agrees that this is one of the most unusual presidential elections in history, but the focus is too much on quirky personalities. To be sure, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are unconventional presidential candidates. But this election isn’t really about them or about Hillary Clinton either.
Rather than settling a lingering question hanging over this presidential race, FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, and subsequent word from Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the Justice Department was closing the investigation.
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