Various people have commented on the leaked emails of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. In them, he made candid comments about various major politicians whom he knows and interacted with. Here’s the one about Hillary Clinton I found most interesting:

“I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect,” Powell wrote. “A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational,

I cut off the last part because it’s about her husband, not Hillary Clinton.

What I found most interesting was the combination of avowed friendship and disdain. On the one hand “she is a friend.” On the other hand, she has “unbridled ambition” and is “greedy.”

I saw that a lot when I worked in Washington. People would be friends with others whom they disdained. I think it’s the corrupting influence of politics.