Leadership is about trust. In one of my last interviews with President Ford, at his home in Beaver Creek, Colorado, in August 2005, I asked what the most important leadership trait is. Without hesitation the 38th President said, "Trust. People have to know that you will do the right thing."
One of the many depressing things about the current election is that the majority of the country does not trust the Republican nominee, and an even greater majority does not trust the Democratic nominee. While all signs point to a Hillary Clinton victory on November 8th, it will be a Pyrrhic victory. She will likely not be an effective leader in the White House because she will likely never be trusted. And for the lack of trust, she will not be able to blame some vast right-wing conspiracy or Russian Wikileaks. There is mounting, compelling evidence that the Clintons have been in public service for not altogether altruistic motives, but for enormous personal gain, even at the expense of our country. (The Russian uranium deal is Exhibit "A" -- see this article.) Whatever laws they may have violated, the Clintons have repeatedly violated the trust of those closest to them. The correspondence of Chelsea and the Clintons' closest aides reveals serious, ongoing concern about the improprieties -- the apparent abuse of power -- involving Clinton's State Department, the Clinton Foundation, crony capitalists on Wall Street, and foreign actors seeking domestic favors. (See this article.) If the Clintons would behave that way when they were going for the prize, what will they do once they have the prize?
One other thing. A lot of Republicans have protested loudly and often about the GOP nominee and have refused to back him. Clearly the Republican Party should have cleaned its stables better because they ended up with a candidate who is neither a Republican nor a conservative. But what about the other party's failure to clean its stables? It is tragic that the Democrats did not hold their heir apparent to more account and to higher standards. Early on they should have demanded answers to all the questions that will dog the Clintons long after November 8th. (See this New York Times opinion piece.) The Clinton administration will be target-rich when it comes to ongoing investigations. I imagine that Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have a good future in the Democratic Party.