By Tafi Mhaka
Is it her dogged resilience?
She has bounced back from a devastating loss to a little-known African-American senator in the democratic nomination race of 2008 with a southern Texas-like swagger to lift herself close to breaking the proverbial glass ceiling.
Maybe it is her formidable strength of character and intelligence?
Sure, Hillary Clinton is smart: she studied political science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and graduated from Yale University with a law degree.
Perhaps it is her political pedigree?
Clinton forged a fearsome reputation for herself on Capitol Hill as a tough-talking hawkish Senator, who voted for the war in Iraq.
She also presided over American foreign policy for four years; but in somewhat uninspired fashion, I must add.
So – is this really about Bill Clinton, then?
Eight years in the White House as First lady and close confidant to Mr. Clinton must surely count for something, mustn’t they?
This here is where the plaudits dry up and the potential coronation of sorts of a President Clinton II in November begins to beg closer scrutiny.
Hillary is not the personification of the American dream in the way Bill is.
The spectre of a political dynasty taking shape in America is hardly worthy of a standing ovation after the shenanigans of past political families.
President Néstor Carlos Kirchner of Argentina, who served as president of the South American state, from 2003 to 2007, was followed by his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, upon his departure from office.
Like Hillary Clinton – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner studied law and met her husband at university and served as a senator after the 1995 general elections in Argentina.
Allegations of corruption hounded the tough-talking Kirchner throughout her eight years at the helm of Argentine politics.
In May 2016, Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio, charged Kirchner, Former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, former Central Bank President Alejandro Vanoli and 12 other ex-government officials with graft.
Bonadio alleges machinations by Kirchner and her close political allies cost the state $5 billion.
Yes, I know: America is not Argentina.
But America had George W Bush II – the son of President George H W Bush.
The lasting legacy of the second Bush administration is the much-talked about controversial 2003 Iraq war.
America also had the Kennedy dynasty.
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the USA, served as president from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
The ill-timed Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba and a much-publicised affair with Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe are the highlights of John F Kennedy’s legacy.
His brother Ted the-then US Attorney-General – ran for the presidency as well.
Ted, like his brother, died at the hands of an assassin’s bullet.
While The late Edward Kennedy, who spent 47 years in Congress, is the fourth longest-serving US senator in history.
That is where the Kennedy’s signed off.
An interesting question to ponder as November 8 edges closer is: would Hillary Clinton be this close to making history if she were not the wife of Bill Clinton?
America has such great democratic ideals: but what are the chances of a Jane Doe becoming president in America?
Would America forgive a Jane Doe for embellishing a story about coming under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996?
Next month, we will see, if it takes a man to lead a woman to the Oval Office.