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Athwart

Prepare Ye the Way of the Candidate

by James Lileks

‘Ready for Hillary,” the signs say, as if the last 20 years had been a matter of girding your loins and settling your affairs. It suggests we were not ready before, but existed in an unformed state of anticipatory unease, unsure whether we were properly prepared for all that she truly is. But it’s come together nicely, hasn’t it? She’s ready for the job, and by some delightful coincidence we’re ready to sweep her into office, the capstone of a life of extraordinary accomplishment. (List of actual accomplishments to follow at some unspecified date.)

It costs money to be ready, though. She gets over a quarter-million dollars to speak. But this doesn’t make her rich, and she knows it. “Rich” is when you can pay someone a quarter-million to shut up and you take it out of petty cash.

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