Column: Hillary Clinton and the thrill of political power

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Western politicians routinely say that they are motivated by a “desire to serve” and they are routinely disbelieved. With her near-tears in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton briefly managed to puncture that scepticism – and, perhaps, to swing the US presidential election back in her direction.

Her performance raised a fundamental question about politics. What motivates people to seek power?

Mrs Clinton said that she was upset because: “I have so many opportunities from this country. I just don’t want to see us fall backwards.” In other words, she was weeping not for herself but for America.

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