Hillary Clinton has experience and leadership to spare, but she’s battling innate appearances just to be liked, Slate’s John Dickerson says. No one thinks Clinton's a shrinking violet—pollees call her tougher than former POW John McCain—but she struggles on the "softer" qualities, like, say, appearing human.
Gender especially dogs Clinton, Dickerson writes; the iconic hard-as-nails first lady loses allure "for not meeting some abstract notion of womanhood." The Hillary camp's efforts to humanize their candidate range from the silly Sopranos take-off to stories of wedding showers and "late-night gossip sessions." (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)