Bill Clinton is getting ready to step into the shoes of the First Gentleman, and with great responsibility comes great sacrifice – like giving up a lucrative career in talking to people for exorbitant amounts of money, or resigning from a lucrative position in a multi-billion dollar charitable organisation with his name on it. This all comes as suspicious Republicans cried “favoritism!” over the Clinton Foundation’s apparent links to and lack of transparency about staff appointments and big donors during Hillary’s time in the State Department. But after decades of being in the public eye, it’s not at all surprising that the powerhouse couple are being dogged by controversies during Hillary’s election campaign, and this latest political headache is one more excuse for voters to stay home in November.
Even a good scrubbing won’t turn the Clintons into squeaky clean contestants in this presidential race. Benghazi, her use of a private email server and now the Clinton Foundation have all come under public (and sometimes federal investigative) scrutiny. The appearance of mishandling security situations, classified information and charitable funds is creating plenty of ammo for Republicans and causing plenty of doubt among voters. Corruption accusations are nothing new to the Clintons but all of this makes it very hard for Hillary to convince unconvinced voters that she can be trusted as Commander in Chief.
Unfortunately for the Clintons, Donald Trump’s recent campaign reshuffle and hiring of a far right-wing, conspiracy-touting, anti-Washington media executive indicates a no-holds-barred, muck-deep campaign season where anything and everything could be used against the Clintons, including Bill's past indiscretions and presidential trade deals. So instead of coming out swinging at the Republican candidate, the potential First Lad is concentrating on other breaking-the-mold activities that will hopefully distract from all their recent negative reviews – like competitive cookie baking for national poll brownie points, à la Family Circle magazine’s quadrennial challenge. Not sinking to the level of his enemy? Smart cookie.
Feel like a good cookie recipe would sway your vote? Better get baking. Movie for your gingerbread mood: Shrek