The Case for Electing a President Who Knows How to Fail

Does Hillary Clinton’s experience making — and surmounting — mistakes strengthen her POTUS potential?

This week’s episode of The E.R., picking up where the panel left off in the previous episode, continues with part two of discussing egos and power in the U.S. presidency. Last week, the panel dug into the trials and tribulations, as well as the mistakes and missteps, of Barack Obama’s administration. In this episode, FP’s David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, and Kori Schake, with Mark Landler, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, focus on Hillary Clinton and why her experiences — the good and the bad — impact her run in the 2016 presidential election.

Keeping with the theme of Landler’s new book, Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power, the panel discusses the dynamics of Clinton’s candidacy — including her run in 2008 and her run now. The panelists turn over her presidential potential, her flaws and merits as a candidate, and what has changed since her 2008 run. The panel also questions her position as a 2016 candidate and asks: Will she continue to maintain a defensive stance, or will she rise above the critics and show that her experience — her failures as much as her successes — really does matter?

Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter at: @brooks_rosa.

Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for the New York Times and author of Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power. Follow him on Twitter at: @marklandler.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and is a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter at: @KoriSchake.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter at: @djrothkopf.

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