COMMENTARY | The potential candidacy of Hillary Clinton has run into another problem that has nothing to do with Benghazi, her left wing ideology, Obamacare, or even scandals reaching back to her husband’s administration.
The Daily Caller reports that there are persistent rumors of Clinton’s ill health, denied by her supporters, that might prove to be a problem for any presidential campaign. While rumors that she had had some kind of brain tumor have been denied, she did suffer a concussion that resulted in a blood clot in her brain. Her supporters say that she is making a full recovery, however observers note that she seems to have conspicuously aged in recent years, gaining weight and seeming to be tired much of the time.
To be sure other politicians such as Ronald Reagan and John McCain have had to put up with stories about their health because of their ages. It should be noted that should Clinton be elected she would be, at age 69, as old as Reagan when he first ascended to the presidency.
However secretiveness concerning the health of their presidents is an old tradition among the Democratic Party. Franklin Roosevelt’s polio was practically a state secret during his administration and his increasingly ill health was concealed during the 1944 campaign, making his sudden death in early 1945 a shock. John F. Kennedy concealed quite a number of health problems from the public, including Addison’s disease, severe back pain brought about by a World War II wound, and sexual addiction that increasingly caused risky behavior.
If Clinton does decide to make another go at the White House, she will have to be in peak physical condition. The rigors of the campaign trail will demand nothing less. The Democrats would not be well served if their star candidate were to suffer a health crisis, either during the campaign or afterwards, provided that she won. No, by the way, would the country be well served.