Hillary Clinton is counting on her core message to resonate as the campaign season draws to a close, despite the wrench thrown into the works by FBI Director James Comey’s resuscitating her email issues. What’s the core Clinton message? President Obama has already memorably said that Clinton is undoubtedly the “most qualified” person ever to run for president, having served as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. But Obama’s assessment of Clinton’s preeminent qualifications are only part of her core message as the election nears.
The other part is that she’s the only candidate running in this year’s election who is fit to hold the highest office in the land. Clinton has sought at every opportunity to focus attention on Trump’s inflammatory temperament, his reactionary lashing out, and his tendency to double-down on dubious theories (“birtherism” and “the election is rigged”). Clinton has tried to paint a vivid picture in the minds of Americans of her opponent with his fingers on nuclear weapons, rather than just Twitter, at 3am. Clinton’s case is that she’s not just, as Obama testifies, enormously qualified. Her case includes convincing voters that the other choice is a danger to the freedom and safety of the nation.