This commentary originally appeared on The Hill.
American politics must be considered a true art form in its own right. In a 1962 letter to John F. Kennedy, liberal public economist John Kenneth Galbraith qualified, "Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable".
The tragedy of this art evokes Ernest Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon" published thirty years earlier. For Hemingway, Spanish bullfighting represented the ultimate tragedy played out before aficionados in the public. Unpalatable to some and disastrous for bull, matador or both, bullfighting is a microcosm of the American general election.
Like a great matador, a politician gains the affection of the public, tests and baits the opponent with skill, and wins the charge to its final conclusion. In this arena, Hillary Clinton is finally showing mastery.
Clinton shares her prowess with one of the greatest female bullfighters of all time, Chilean-born Conchita Cintrón- also known as La Diosa Rubia ("The Blonde Goddess"). Like Clinton, Cintrón thwarted the systems that prevented her, as a woman, from rising to the top of her field. In the heat of 1949's Spanish bullfighting season, Cintrón defied both the rule against women competing on foot; and the presidente's order that she not be allowed continue in the arena.
Dismounting her horse she simulated a kill with grace and ease as the bull charged her, driving her point home to rapturous applause. Though she was immediately arrested, the authorities had little choice but to pardon her for her popular display of skill.
Nearly seventy years later at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Clinton stood victorious before the nation as the first female presidential nominee for a major party. But her real measure as a proficient politician lay in just a short few words of her victory speech, "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons". Matador Clinton has now finally realized that Donald Trump can be baited into his own undoing.