When it comes to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, it’s like we’re watching a replay of what happened in 2008.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton was the presumptive Democrat nominee until the party’s base cast her aside for a little known senator who was seen as an outsider with a more progressive resume.
In 2016, the same scenario is playing out in the popularity of Bernie Sanders.
In 2008, Hillary seemed too focus-grouped and stale. Now, we’re being told in advance that Hillary is going to be more spontaneous.
Conservative author and columnist Mark Steyn made the same point on Hannity last night, saying that she’s tone deaf and that she is once again defeating herself:
Steyn Rips Hillary’s ‘Tone Deaf,’ ‘Slow-Motion Train Wreck’ Campaign
Mark Steyn said on “Hannity” tonight that Hillary Clinton’s “train wreck” presidential campaign is in trouble, and there is no doubt that she committed a crime with her private server and email.
“In 2008, the Democrats were told, ‘Hillary is the heir presumptive. Let her get on with it and win the nomination.’ And she loused it up. She defeated herself,” Steyn said. “This time round, Joe Biden was told again, ‘Hillary is the heir presumptive.’ And she’s loused it up again. And the fact is, neither he nor any other Democrat should just sit around just watching this slow-motion train wreck.”
Here’s the video:
Just yesterday, Tom McCarthy of The Guardian wrote:
Clinton campaign faces big challenge: making an old candidate new again
Top advisers to Al Gore were so worried that he would come across as wooden in the 2000 presidential debates that they set up a training facility at an aquatic center in Florida featuring a replica stage at a cost of $400,000.
It didn’t work.
This year Hillary Clinton’s advisers have embarked on a subtler strategy for fine-tuning the presidential candidate, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday. The plan amounts to a blueprint for spontaneity, to include more self-effacing humor, more empathy and more backyard parties.
Even top Democratic operatives chuckled publicly at the report.
Liberal journalist Ana Marie Cox responded on Twitter:
I think Twitter is broken. Is anyone else getting Tweets from 2007? https://t.co/OYMOCWUcrZ
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) September 9, 2015
Everything old is new again.
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