Former Dan Quayle speechwriter Lisa Schiffren:
You know what? Deep in my psyche, in the place that kind of misses the toothache I’ve been prodding at with my tongue, I am having a tiny little pang of missing Hillary. Not her, but hating her. Hating Hillary has been such a central political impulse for so long now — 15 years — and I have had to work so hard to keep it up as she became more appealling looking, less shrill, more human — I don’t really know what I will do with that newly freed strand of energy.
I understand that some people don’t like Hillary, but I see this sort of sentiment more than I care to. It’s not merely disliking Hillary or her policies or disagreeing with her capabilities as President. Rather, it is an all-consuming loathesomeness toward Hillary which becomes part of one’s essence.
To hate a political candidate as part of one’s "central impulse" — and to carry that impulse for 15 years — and then to work hard at it in order to keep it up — well, that has got to qualify as some sort of pathology.
I find people like Ms. Schiffren to be pitiful.