I think there is a very real case to be made that anyone who has a lifelong aspiration for the job of US President has something seriously wrong with them. Who would want the power so much as to subject themselves to the crucible of the White House?
Some might say that this is just the nature of politics. Either deal, or get out of the way. And I actually agree with this. As Harry Truman said — to paraphrase — “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”
Politics can be very ugly. It can be mean. It can be arbitrary. It, in many ways, is warfare. (Politics can also be fun, and immensely interesting – which is why I do what I do. It’s not all bad, but a healthy psychological separation from the maniacs on Capitol Hill is a good idea.)
Case in point, this article from Politico on Hillary Clinton’s list of grudges. There is seriously a database of people who have wronged Mrs. Clinton (and one assumes also Bill), and that database is actively searched.
This is pretty healthy. I mean it’s one thing to remember who hurt you politically. It’s quite another to have a list in an Excel spreadsheet of people who have slighted you over the past 20 years.