Hillary Clinton is finally about to announce she's running for president, and after all this time, no one, not even her supporters, seems able to articulate why she is running beyond the fact that it would be another notch on her resume.
The latest example came Friday when liberal MSNBC host Alex Wagner asked "Ready for Hillary" advisor Tracey Sefl, "Does Hillary know why she's running for president this time around?"
"I'm quite sure she does," was Sefl's smiling reply.
"Do you know why?" Wagner asked. "Could you explain it to us?"
"Well, what I know is her lifetime record of all the fights that she's waged on behalf of women and girls and middle-class families, and all of those things that she's done, whether as First Lady or in the White House or as a Senator," Sefl said. "There's really a record here, and I'm certain that she would just be building on that in a way that's perhaps newly emphatic. It's very exciting."
Wagner saw through the flawed reasoning.
"I take issue with the semi-circular logic there, which is she's going forward to revisit what she's done before," Wagner said.
"She's continuing what she's done," Sefl said. "That's the way I would look at it. It's a continuance."
Wagner asked her to elaborate, and Sefl offered that she couldn't speak on behalf of a campaign that doesn't exist.
"I think she's spoken a lot and very emphatically about economic opportunities and the types of broad structural change that she believes needs to happen in this country," Sefl said.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), a Clinton supporter and a potential running mate, similarly struggled with the question about Clinton's message last year, telling befuddled Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski that her being "well-qualified is the message."
For the record, Clinton's record on women and girls includes the Clinton Foundation accepting huge amounts of money from various foreign governments with appalling women's rights records.