Keillor addressed the baseless rumors about her health and other conspiracy theories and related his own experiences.
Although Republican rival Donald Trump and a chorus of right-wing rumor mongers have focused on her health because she candidly released details of her medical history. Trump has failed to do so.
Overlooked, is the countless hours Clinton put in on the job as Secretary of State and her 11-hour marathon Congressional hearing over Benghazi. She never batted an eye, lost her composure or showed any fatigue.
That view of Clinton coincides with Keillor’s own experience.
“I saw Hillary once working a rope line for more than an hour, a Secret Service man holding her firmly by the hips as she leaned over the rope and reached into the mass of arms and hands reaching out to her. It was not glamorous work, more like picking fruit, and it took the sort of discipline your mother instills in you: those people waited to see you so by gosh you can treat them right.”
“So it’s no surprise she pushed herself to the point of collapse the other day. What’s odd is the perspective, expressed in several stories, that her determination to keep going reveals a ‘lack of transparency’ —- that she should’ve announced she had pneumonia and gone home and crawled into bed.”
“I was impressed by her smarts, even more by her discipline,” he said. “I don’t have that discipline. Most people don’t.”
Keillor, known for his gentle soul and thoughtful commentary, expressed shock at the tenor and baseless nature of the attacks against her.
“The woman who does not conceal her own intelligence is a fine American tradition, going back to Anne Bradstreet and Harriet Beecher Stowe and my ancestor Prudence Crandall, but none has been subjected to the steady hectoring that Mrs. Clinton has,” he writes.
“She is the first major-party nominee to be pictured in prison stripes by the opposition. She is the first cabinet officer ever to be held personally responsible for her own email server, something ordinarily delegated to anonymous nerds in I.T. The fact that terrorists attacked an American compound in Libya under cover of darkness when Secretary Clinton presumably got some sleep has been held against her, as if she personally was in command of the defense of the compound, a walkie-talkie in her hand, calling in air strikes.”
“Extremism,” he said, “has poked its head into the mainstream, aided by the Internet.”
Someday historians will get this right and look back at the steady pitter-pat of scandals that turned out to be nothing, nada, zero and ixnay and will conclude that, almost a century after women’s suffrage, almost 50 years after Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law, a woman was required to run for office wearing concrete shoes.”
“Check back fifty years from now,” he adds, “and if I’m wrong, go ahead and dance on my grave.”
Garrison Keillor hosted his radio show from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minn, from 1974 until July of this year, so he’s seen it all.
Chris Thile, a virtuoso on the mandolin, a singer/songwriter and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant, now hosts the show.
Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest election coverage.