Brent Budowsky: How Hillary can win big

Brent Budowsky: How Hillary can win big
© Greg Nash

While Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE is under attack from taxpayer-subsidized partisan inquisitions by Republicans in a Congress that is disapproved of by nearly 73 percent of Americans, according to Real Clear Politics, 57 percent of Americans would be proud to have her as our president, according to a new Gallup poll, and she leads all Republicans by double digits in a new CNN poll.

Yesterday, I discussed why Clinton could win big in 2016. Today, we consider how.


True politics is about the narrative of the nation and the stories of our people. We are like protagonists in a great American novel about our country as we engage in a human drama of mortgages, frustrations, faiths, families, ambitions and dreams.

Politicians who win and presidents who matter develop special bonds with citizens who believe the leaders they elect will make life better in the daily dramas of the lives they lead. This is the romance and music of politics, the flesh and blood of the campaign that the candidate who would be the first woman president of the United States has the capacity to wage well and win big.

Hillary Clinton is one of the most widely known leaders in the land. With 57 percent of our people feeling they would be proud to have her as president, she has a dramatic head start building the bond that matters the most in presidential politics.

What Clinton can do in her conversation with America is broaden this bond by trusting the voters and taking them into her confidence, telling them the stories of her life, listening to their stories and explaining her dream of lifting their lives by serving as their president.

She can do this in town meetings and living rooms, with humor and charm, with sincerity and compassion. She can say what it was like to be partnered with a president while they created tens of millions of jobs, lifted millions out of poverty and steered the economy to heights of prosperity — the bedrock of a living American dream.

Clinton can bring to life her conversation with America by creating, and participating in, the largest social media site in history to organize an unprecedented mobilization of women and men, to deluge Congress and demand it enact equal pay for women, a higher minimum wage for workers, a program to create high-wage jobs to rebuild America and make government work the way it did during the Bill Clinton presidency.

The former secretary of State can bring alive again the public spirit of the Kennedy years by reaching out to find a new generation of citizens from all walks of life to staff her government with new people, bringing new ideas from business, academia, philanthropy and faith-based services.

Clinton can work with and propel upward next-generation leaders in Congress such as Reps. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.), Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and John Delaney (D-Md.), and work assiduously with Democratic leaders to recruit next-generation stars to run for the House and Senate.

Clinton can talk the talk of faith, quoting Pope Francis and the Judeo-Christian ethic, and walk the walk of faith, championing the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the children and the jobless in light of her personal faith and the common values of faiths everywhere.

With Angelina Jolie being the most popular woman in the world, according to a recent poll, Clinton can bring artists and athletes to American civic life, not only because of their wealth and fame, but because of the causes they champion and the good they do in service to the country on issues they care about deeply, as Sinatra and friends championed civil rights during the Kennedy years, as Brad Pitt helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, as Bruce Springsteen and Gary Sinise do in service to vets.

If Hillary Clinton champions the best of America, the first woman president will soon lead America. 

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Contributors Blog and reached at