Hillary Clinton could go down in history as suffering from the Prince Charles Syndrome. That is, for a growing number of reasons she, like he, never landed the top job, one that she might have assumed she was entitled to.
Her obituary might start out with, "Hillary Clinton never realized her ambition to become the first female U.S. President." Then it will go on to chronicle how her amazing career in politics unraveled in 2014.
That started with an ill-planned book tour. It worsened with a series of interview gaffes. Then came the type of Greek Chorus of media, politicos and man/woman on the street chanting that Clinton would never make it to be Democratic candidate for President in 2016.
How will the world be post-Clinton? There will still be the Clinton Foundation, started by her husband and where she now hangs out. There will be the speeches. There will be the attendance at important events. The daughter Chelsea will get a good job. The grandchild's birthdays will be featured in the media.
But, the brainy version of Camelot will be over. Book after book will analyze why it imploded.
The next challenge for Clinton is to orchestrate a smooth exit from this abortive trial run for a campaign.