Americans don't like Hillary Clinton, and they don't trust her.
That might not be a deal-breaker in the 2016 presidential election, when she's facing a Republican opponent who, in the words of one voter who spoke to USA Today, "has diarrhea of the mouth."
But President Barack Obama, who has wholeheartedly endorsed Clinton and has taken to the campaign trail to stump on her behalf, treated a North Carolina crowd to an unsolicited dissertation on why Clinton has "her share of critics" on July 5.
In Obama's view, regular Americans don't like Clinton because she's been in politics too long.
"That’s what happens when you’ve fought for what you believe in," Obama said, according to a White House transcript of his speech. "That’s what happens when you dedicate yourselves to public service over the course of a lifetime. And what sets Hillary Clinton apart from so many others is she never stopped caring, she never stopped trying."
You see? Critics don't like Clinton because she has too much experience, because she fights for what she believes in, for what's right, like an unacknowledged member of the Avengers.
Clinton's years of public service have been a sacrifice borne out of deep concern for regular Americans, Obama would have us believe, and not a life-long craving for power.
"Hillary is steady," Obama continued. "Hillary is true."
Those are odd words to describe a candidate who doesn't take a position on anything remotely controversial unless it's been polled and focus grouped to death.
It's a strange way to describe a candidate who was opposed to gay marriage until it became overwhelmingly politically expedient to support it. "Steady" and "true" aren't words usually associated with a politician who blasted the Iraq war after enthusiastically supporting it, who praised the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal before it became deeply unpopular with American voters, who used coded race-baiting language when she needed to look tough on crime, then suddenly became Black Lives Matter advocate numero uno when she needed to court the black vote.
If American voters are suffering from Hillary fatigue, it's a wonder how the late Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd each served half a century in the Senate and congress. If voters dislike Clinton because she's too experienced, as Obama contends, then Ted Kennedy must have cast a spell over the people of Massachusetts, who kept him in office for 47 years.
More likely, voters are just sick of the same old Clinton theatrics, the scandals and sleaze, and the refusal to take responsibility for anything.
Hillary has a long and distinguished record of finding conspiracies whenever something goes wrong, a practice that goes all the way back to 1978, when she miraculously turned a $1,000 cattle futures investment into a $100,000 windfall, per the Washington Post.
To most Americans, that's not an investment return, it's a lottery win. But to suggest something was done improperly would be to give voice to a conspiracy.
In 1998, when her husband Bill was embroiled in a sex scandal and accused of having sex with a White House intern, Hillary famously blamed "a vast right-wing conspiracy" for her husband's troubles.
Earlier this year, when asked about the conspiracy at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire, Hillary told the crowd that the conspiracy not only lives on, it's "even better funded" now.
In February, Clinton spokesman Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper that a federal judge was part of a conspiracy "promulgated by a right-wing group" to discredit Clinton during her campaign. Why? Because he ordered her aides to talk to investigators about the ongoing email controversy. Tapper pointed out that the judge in question was, in fact, appointed by former President Bill Clinton.
In March, when a Greenpeace activist asked Clinton if she'd reject campaign contributions from oil companies, the candidate went off, jabbing her finger at the young woman and blaming her political opponents.
“I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me, I'm so sick of it!" Clinton raged.
In May, when dogged with questions about her unsecured homebrew email server, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said there was a conspiracy to "selectively leak materials" intended to hurt the former First Lady's campaign, Gateway Pundit reported.
And earlier this year, when Clinton was crying conspiracy over the ongoing email probe, journalism legend -- and Watergate exposer -- Carl Bernstein lost patience with the candidate.
“Look," Bernstein said, "the vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t put the server in her damn closet."
To hear Hillary tell it, right-wing ninjas lurk behind every corner, senators and congressmen conspire to invent stories about her, and even her own donors plot to seed her campaign with dirty money to make her look bad. But it will never occur to her that Americans don't like her because she's incapable of taking responsibility for anything, and because they simply don't trust her.