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Hillary Can’t Afford a Repeat of Sunday Morning’s Health Issue

Will Hillary Clinton’s health be a major, or even deciding factor in the election? It all depends upon what happens from here on out. If she looks the way she did coming out of Chelsea’s apartment building yesterday, the demands for her health records will recede and questions about her health will as well. Yesterday’s strange collapse will be attributed to a combination of run-of-the-mill issues: pneumonia, heat, standing for a long time, and the usual drain from a busy campaign schedule.

But if, God forbid, anything similar happens between now and Election Day, the concerned murmurs will become a roar and you’ll hear real talk about whether Democrats can replace her on the ticket at such a late date. 

Yesterday’s fall generated such a huge reaction because of everything that preceded it. Right before Labor Day, the released FBI report declared, “However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot. Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.” In other words, her concussion and clot gave her at least temporary memory problems. Then on Labor Day, Clinton had about four minutes where she just couldn’t stop coughing. You can see Tim Kaine rise from his seat behind her, concerned that she won’t be able to go on:

If the Clinton campaign is smart, they’ll get her in front of the cameras as soon as she’s well again, and keep her there as often as possible, to dispel talk that she has some terrible ailment being hidden from the public.

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