Just look at the list.
George H.W. Bush. Harry Truman. William Howard Taft. U.S. Grant. Martin Van Buren. James Madison. They moved smoothly into power by validating the beliefs of crisis leaders. Nixon and Reagan. FDR. McKinley and Roosevelt. Abraham Lincoln. Andrew Jackson. Thomas Jefferson.
This is the spot in my children’s political lives Hillary Clinton seeks to fill. Not my life, my children’s lives. History says it’s a very bad spot to hold. But her task is made more difficult by her own long political history.