The hurdle (Hillary Clinton) never quite surmounted was having us all accept that it's okay for a woman to have the ambition to want to be in charge. It's that ambition part where Hillary ran into trouble. No male candidate has ever had to hide his ambition to get elected -- after all, there are few goals more ambitious than becoming president of the United States. So despite her qualifications, Hillary's ambition made voters uneasy, yet it wouldn't have been possible for her to run for office without it.
-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 43