This is not talk by right-wing foes who have a list of Hillary jokes longer than their list of lawyer jokes. “What carries more baggage than a Delta Airlines ground crew? Ans. Hillary Clinton.”
No, the knocks come from Democrats. She’s never been a particularly good campaigner, partly because she cannot fake sincerity like her husband. Even when her tough-as-nails persona failed her and she cried before the New Hampshire primary, no one really believed her and her supporters thought it was a bush-league move.
Her supporters were embarrassed when the northern-bred silver-spoon urbanite used a B-movie southern drawl before a minority audience during an uncomfortable visit to Selma, Ala. (If she runs, expect to see clips of this on your TV for about two years straight).
Like Joe Biden, she is gaff-prone and erratic. Some operatives on the left were ready to throw in the towel when she had one of her storied meltdowns during congressional testimony about Benghazi.
Frustrated, she said, “so, what does it really matter?” Military personnel, veterans, and foreign-service personnel made this one go viral overnight.
But these are mere carry-on bags compared to the steamer trunk of Obamacare. Why has it been so easy to coin it as “Hillarycare” by so many, including U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham?
Hillary’s failed 1993 plan was the precursor to Obamacare.
Hillary’s scheme had “regional alliances” where everyone was forced to be covered. Obama’s plan has “insurance exchanges” which, we were told, people would not be forced into.
So why has it been so easy to coin it as “Hillarycare”? Because it fits.
The most difficult-to-shake images of a politician are the ones that are consistent with the facts. It’s why Romney could never shake the image of a super-wealthy business leader.
Hillary has made it easier for her opponents by defending Obamacare even as that ship takes on enough water to sink an aircraft carrier
Some Republicans have thrown Hillary a lifeline by calling on her to denounce Obamacare, or at least call for the individual mandate to be delayed.
Campaign operatives on the right do not want to tip her off to a strategy for loosening this political noose. Campaign operatives on the left are nervous. It’s not clear how Clinton will slip out of this one.