Wow. The author of “Hard Choices” is really burying herself these days, is she not? After a whirlwind week of pimping her vapid new memoir, we got to see Hillary Clinton engage in the unofficial kickoff to her presumed 2016 presidential run…and it couldn’t have gotten much worse. Amazon.com reviewers absolutely savaged the book, and when Clinton wasn’t busy exploding over accusations that she flip-flopped on gay marriage, she was out there claiming that she and her husband left the White House “dead broke.” They were so broke, in fact, that Bill had to cancel his Hustler Magazine subscription. The horror!
But bad as those gaffes were last week, what she said afterwards in an attempt to essentially clean it all up may have been even worse for her future ambitions. While she’s now attempting to play it cool and position herself as the political figure who’s going to give it to you straight and not censor her innermost thoughts, I have a hard time believing that it’s going to work with voters. Chris Christie she is not. Sure, Governor Christie has plenty of problems of his own, but at least up until the Bridge-Gate scandal, he was known as a guy who spoke his mind. Hillary is now attempting to pretend to be that type of figure, but what she doesn’t realize is that those perceptions are earned over time. And unfortunately for her, Hillary comes from a rather dishonest pedigree.
What hurts Hillary the most here, however, is her assertion that it’s “too exhausting and frustrating” to present herself in a polished form. It’s only 2014! She’s got a long way to go to win (back) the White House, and if she’s tired now, she’ll be a regular Rodham Van Winkle by the time the electorate heads to the polls. She’d be nearly 70 years old by the time she theoretically assumes the presidency, and while ageism didn’t prevent President Reagan from achieving victory, it should also be pointed out that he never once whined that anything was “too exhausting and frustrating.”
Clinton can claim she’s above being careful and methodical with her words these days, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t going to hold her accountable for what she says. Good luck with the strategy, though, Hillary. We’re all looking forward to your Fox News interview on Tuesday.
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