Skip to comments.The battle to define Hillary Clinton is on—and she’s losing
Posted on 05/10/2015 4:17:03 PM PDT by HomerBohn
Hillary Clinton is moving so quickly to the left that its hard to keep up. Her aides are telling the New York Times she wants to topple the One Percent, shes pledging solidarity with union bosses over lunch meetings at Mario Batali restaurants in Midtown, she supports a constitutional amendment to suppress political speech, shes down with a right to same-sex marriage, shes ambivalent over the Keystone Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, shes calling for an end to the era of mass incarceration, she wants to go further than President Obamas illegal executive amnesty. Its called pandering, but the press is too frazzled or sympathetic to call her on it. Theres desperation to Clintons moves, an almost panicked energy, to close the gap between her and her partys base. If Elizabeth Warren called for full Communism, Clinton would be at the barricades the next day.
Warrens the reason for the policy shuffle. Clinton is so terrified of losing the Democratic primaryagainthat shes willing to trade consistency for security against an insurgent from the left. But she may be trading electability too. The Democrats have an advantage in presidential elections, but last I checked the country hasnt turned into a really big MSNBC greenroom. One day Clinton will have to defend her positions against a non-witch Republican, and shell have eight years of Obama to answer for as well. She doesnt have the gall, the rakishness, or the aw-shucks charm that allowed her husband to slither out of such difficulties, and judging from Bills most recent interviews hes losing his abilities too. Indeed, the politician Hillary Clinton reminds me most of lately isnt her husband or Warren. Its Mitt Romney.
Like Clinton, Romney ran twice. Like Clinton, he established his political profile under a different set of circumstances than when he ran for president. He got his start as the modern, technocratic Republican, fixing the Olympics, delivering universal health insurance to Massachusetts, and projecting moderate sensibilities on many issues. But the dynamics of Republican presidential primaries forced him to swerve right, mix up his identity. Hes not Disraeli so the moves caused him trouble. The press mocked his severely conservative remark, his desire to double Guantanamo (a fantastic idea, by the way), and his support for the self-deportation of illegal immigrants. There had always been a false assuredness to Romney, the Eddie Haskell feeling that he was putting you on, trying a little too hard. The policy shifts played into this aura of inauthenticity, and by the time Eric Fehrnstrom was likening Romney to an Etch-a-Sketch, the battle to define the Republican nominee was close to lost. Super Pac ads over the summer and the 47 percent remark in September made things worse. No way Romney could connect.
Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton are both wealthy, well-meaning overachievers who have a habit of saying things they come to regret. Charles Krauthammer says Hillary has authentic inauthenticity, which is a good way to sum up many peoples view of Romney. Clinton hasnt had a good week of press in years. Her book launch was immediately sunk by controversies over her paid speeches and her remark that she and Bill were dead broke when they left the White House. Shes under investigation for her response to the Benghazi attack, for her private (and deleted) email server, and bestselling authors are picking through foreign donations to her family charity. Her response has been to go underground, leave the explaining to Billan effort he immediately sabotaged by telling NBC News he didnt understand why people had their doubts about the foundation, and that he would keep making paid speeches because I gotta pay our bills.
Romney lost for many reasons. The economy wasnt as bad as he said it was, he was trying to defenestrate Americas first black president, he never had a gut connection with the public like Reagan or Dubya or Obama. Another reason showed up in the exit poll: Romney beat President Obama on such candidate attributes as shares my values, is a strong leader, and has a vision for the future, but for those who said what matters most is a president who cares about people like me, Obama won 81 percent to 18 percent. Voters didnt think Romney cared about them because he had inadvertently played into the Democratic line of attack: His flip-flopping, career in private equity, and writing off of almost half the electorate reinforced the image peddled by Plouffe, Messina, and Axelrod of an aloof and somewhat goofy plutocrat.
Clinton might as well be telling Republicans how to run against her. This weeks Wall Street Journal / NBC poll reported that her favorable and unfavorable ratings are now even, and contained the stunning finding that only 25 percent of voters find her honest and straightforward. If the Republicans cant see the opening here to define Clinton for the public as dishonest, untrustworthy, tricky, and foul, then they dont really deserve to win, which they might not anyway. Hillary may find its hard to convince someone she cares about people like me when theres the possibility shell sell that someone out.
And selling out two decades of political centrism is exactly what Clinton has spent the last two weeks doing. The coming attack ads are obvious: clip reels of Hillary being on every side of every issue. If Clinton wins the nomination, as seems likely, and tries to shake the Etch-a-Sketch, shell still be dragging her primary baggage behind her: income inequality, climate change, immigration, and the criminal justice system are just not major concerns of the general public, which is more interested in jobs, wages, and national security. Clintons leftward drive is undermining her general election messageshell be too busy explaining, badly, all of her different positions, all of the latest foibles and accusations.
Many factors allowed [Bill] Clinton to survive questions about his character: satisfaction with overall peace and prosperity, respect for his skill and effectiveness, and distaste for critics who repeatedly seemed to overreach, writes Ronald Brownstein. But his most important shield may have been the belief that he understood, and genuinely hoped to ameliorate, the problems of ordinary Americans. Brownsteins evidence is the 1996 exit poll, in which voters said they didnt trust Clinton but re-elected him with 49 percent of the vote anyway. Its a clever article but not all that relevant: the electorate of 20 years ago is not the same as today, Hillary is not her husband, there is no satisfaction with peace and prosperity, her skill and effectiveness is, to say the least, a matter of dispute, and odds are the Republican nominee next year is going to do better on the empathy question than Bob Dole.
Brownsteins piece actually is confirmation of Clintons dilemma: It cites two polls that asked whether she understands average Americans, and she scored less than 50 percent in each. A candidates honesty and ability to empathize are related: The more reasons you give a voter to doubt you, to worry youre more concerned with appeasing an ideological base than working for the public interest, the less hell think you understand where hes at. Over 60, white, affluent, famous, desperate to seem in touch, and oh so bad on the trailMitt Romney and Hillary Clinton are one hot match, one genuine power couple.
She and her sex-starved geriatric are an obamanation and a disgrace that America will never live down!
So she’s going to topple herself? Tipple, yes, but topple?
If the Republicans nominate Jeb, none of this will matter. The electorate will choose the first female president, even if she is a Clinton, over the third Bush presidency in a generation.
GET OUT YOUR BARF BAGS Hillary's moving left so fast, it makes your head spin..... she's ***-kissing every lefty voting bloc she can sniff out: she wants to topple the One Percent,shes pledging solidarity with unions, she supports a constitutional amendment to suppress political speech, shes OK w/ a right to same-sex marriage, shes calling for an end to the era of mass incarceration, she wants to go further than Obamas free-for-all illegal executive amnesty......
WATCH OUT---Hillary's move to the left is b-a-a-a-a-d news for the unborn.
God knows what blood and gore she'll throw the genital-sniffing rubbermaids over at Planned Parenthood to assure them "aggression over the unborn" will continue...and is her prime interest.
Everybody knows to appease the lefties, candidates have to make more drastic campaign promises to retain their bona fides.
Maybe Hillary will endorse post-birth abortions as the true measure of her abortion worship.
The "dead broke" Clintons' real estate holdings (that we know of).
Bill and Hillary Clinton bought the $5.95 million mansion in Chappaqua, Westchester County, New York in 1999. The house is now estimated to be worth $6.84 million. Monthly upkeep on Hillary's salary?
The Clintons paid $2.85 million for this Washington DC house; an Georgian Colonial is 5,152 square feet, has four bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Monthly upkeep on Hillary's salary?
Chelsea and hubby Marc Mezvinsky's $10 million condo w/ pricey furnishings, and monthly upkeep in the stratosphere. Chelsea has no job and Mark runs a faltering hedge fund.
Chelsea's husband gained access to investors who had ties to the Clintons--even as reports surfaced that Mezvinsky's hedge fund had "underwhelming" returns.
The WSJ reports extensively on the fund's underperformance since its inception. Also reported was Mezvinsky's mediocre investing and strategizing. Back in 2011, Mezvinsky, now 37, and two former Goldman Sachs colleagues Bennett Grau and Mark Mallon began raising money for Mezvinsky's Eaglevale Partners LP hedge fund. Some of Eaglevale's investors included Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Blankfein, a slavish Democrat supporter, said he had "always been a fan of Hillary Clinton."
i agree, but also check the writer’s phrasing here:
“Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton are both wealthy, well-meaning overachievers”
Hillary C is not well-meaning. unless you mean in regards to moving toward her ultimate goal of becoming president. she only means well for herself, Chelsea, Charlotte and Huma. she doesn’t give a rip about anyone else, unless somehow they are willing to advance her political agenda. God Save America from HRC.
Obama was president when he beat Romney, what are you talking about? McCain/Palin lost to him to put him in the oval office.
Gee, if it wasn't Obama, who did Romney run against in 2012?
Actually my mistake, was thinking about Mclame. My mistake. Sorry. Dust and ashes....
Himself, apparently, and of course the infamous forty-seven percent.
The president is my hired help. and he has a pretty limited job description.
He's not, repeat not, my daddy.
Hillary Clinton is not an over achiever. She married one.
Actually my mistake, was thinking about Mclame. My mistake. Sorry. Dust and ashes....
Keep beating her all the way to 2017. (Keep it up for a couple of months after the election, just for fun.)
Hillaryous Chameleon. Run, Hillaryous, run. Great American crime families BUMP!
Didn’t they also buy a house in the Republic of Ireland when Bill was POTUS?
Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?
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