Whatever your political persuasion come November 2016 (are we really going to be talking about this for another year and a half?), it may likely come down to a choice between two introverts. Introverts who are standing in the shadows of their extrovert dynasties: Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
Most Americans don’t know too much about Jeb other than he’s the brother of George W. and the former governor of Florida. And Hillary? She is more known for her steely exterior and no-nonsense-ness as opposed to her husband, whose legacy could have been forever tarnished by scandal(s), but has emerged as a gregarious philanthropist vegan (now vegetarian). But get ready folks, these two introverts, Hillary and Jeb, are about to make aloofness, awkwardness, and reservedness a candidacy requirement.
Jeb is unabashed of his introversion. He freely admits to being one. He would rather read a book than glad hand his financial supporters. He has been known to actually read legislation. The nerve. Hillary, on the other hand, had to suppress her introversion to emerge from her husband’s shadow. Often referred to as the “the most famous person nobody knows,” she even had a video made about her during her 2000 Senate campaign showing her softer side. We learned she can make a “mean tossed salad and a great omelet.” Have we otherwise ever really seen her deviate from her seriousness? The Texts from Hillary meme worked because of her temperament — could you envision a “Texts from Couric” catching on? Me neither.
But with these two introverts, we’re offered something that many politicians cannot: substance over style.