COMMENTARY | Edward Klein’s new book on the relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons, “Blood Feud,” lobbed a stick bomb into the hopes of a Hillary Clinton presidential run. If true, the revelation would foreclose her running for president.
It seems that the mysterious fainting spell was more serious than people were led to believe.
“She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull. She had developed the clot in one of the veins that drains blood from the brain to the heart. The doctors explained that blood stagnates when you spend a lot of time on airplanes, and Hillary had clocked countless hours flying around the world.
“To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint. In addition to the fainting spell she suffered in Buffalo a few years before, she had fainted boarding her plane in Yemen, fallen and fractured her elbow in 2009, and suffered other unspecified fainting episodes. Several years earlier, she had developed a clot in her leg and was put on anticoagulant therapy by her doctor. However, she had foolishly stopped taking her anticoagulant medicine, which might have explained the most recent thrombotic event.”
In other words, she was flirting with a debilitating stroke. But there is more.
“She also suffered from a thyroid condition, which was common among women of her age, and her fainting spells indicated there was an underlying heart problem as well. A cardiac stress test indicated that her heart rhythm and heart valves were not normal. Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.”
Hillary Clinton would not be the first politician to try to conceal health problems from the public. Franklin Roosevelt concealed the fact that polio had put him in a wheel chair. He was also a profoundly sick man who had no business running for a fourth term in office in 1944, proven by the fact that he died a few months after being reelected. John F. Kennedy had a number of health issues, including Addison’s disease and debilitating back pain that were kept from the public.
But Klein’s revelation, if true, means that Clinton cannot hope to run for president in 2016, not to mention serve four to eight years in the most stressful job in the world. Otherwise she would be risking death, something that no doubt her opponents will gleefully bring up. The hopes of a Clinton restoration have just gotten more dubious.