But for the “Football And 9/11” Sunday news dump that Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, her health scare from being woozy at Ground Zero would be a mere false flag. The issue is overblown but is useful for both Democrats and Republicans. That is why it is being raised.
By Democrats, because they’re secretly very uncomfortable with this highly unpopular nominee. And by Republicans, naturally, because they’re secretly very afraid at having to actually fight to win a campaign with an even more unpopular and consistently indiscreet candidate.
As for the health issues: Hillary Clinton is a 68-year old woman with pneumonia whose major risk is the extraordinarily taxing physical grind of a presidential campaign.
Make no mistake, a national campaign is grueling on anyone at any age. These demands, however, pose a special risk for Clinton. There are some illnesses which flourish with a weakened host and pneumonia is one of them. Also concerning is that pneumonia is a pulmonary illness. Unlike other illnesses afflicting the digestive tract, for example (and President Bush’s public vomiting in Japan in 1991 comes to mind) pneumonia goes straight to the body’s respiration, which is essential for life.
The human body can survive a hunger strike for quite some time. But we cannot survive a breathing strike for more than a few minutes.
Were Mrs. Clinton not suffering from a serious illness, her possible fainting in the early morning haze of New York City would be totally overblown.
The weather conditions in New York City in recent days have been remarkable. The dew point was over 70 Sunday morning but also for the past two days. The dew point measures the degree of saturation of the air, which for people translates to how well our perspiration evaporates. The higher the dew point, the less evaporation occurs. When there is virtually no evaporation, the body can overheat rapidly, especially once the air is warmer than room temperature.
The last few days were unusually and highly uncomfortable for this reason. That means Mrs. Clinton (and many others) likely were in a weakened and dehydrated state to begin with. Add in the public schedule and probable concern over being able to appear at a ceremony without running to a restroom (the peril of hydration, as truckers and professional drivers know) and you have a perfect storm for a health incident like what happened Sunday morning.
As a professional marathon runner who trains in such conditions, and who wears full business attire on plenty of similar summer days, I will be emphatic in declaring that Clinton was reckless in trying to keep up her 9/11 schedule after being diagnosed with pneumonia. That’s because the weather conditions had to be accounted for, and apparently were ignored.
Mrs. Clinton deserves our concern. She is at risk of exacerbating a serious condition which could be mortal. Perhaps this illness will raise public awareness of the severe physical and mental toll our elected officials often endure.