Readers will remember the runoff race for governor of Louisiana in 1991 in which the notoriously corrupt Edwin Edwards faced off against ex-Klansman David Duke. The race spawned the greatest bumper sticker in American political history: “Vote for the Crook. It’s Important.”
Now it looks like Hillary might need that same kind of sentiment if she’s going to win. Take two telling anecdotes from today’s Morning Joe. First, Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of Princeton’s African-American studies department, told of someone in an airport telling him “if there’s a crook who is going to go into the cockpit, who knows how to fly the plane, and then there’s an idiot who doesn’t know how to fly the plane, I’m going to vote for the crook.” Later, New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor said she had spoken to Hillary supporters who “worry about whether she’s going to end up indicted [but] would rather have Tim Kaine as president if it comes to that than Donald Trump.”
If this is the kind of support Hillary is relying on, she is in deep trouble.
Note: Some will surely vote for Hillary despite believing she’s a “crook” and worrying about her possible indictment and removal from office. But I believe many more Americans will think along the lines I described in this morning’s Quick Hit: “the American people now realize that if Hillary is elected, the country will be subjected to unprecedented turmoil in the form of investigations and possible prosecutions . . . A vote for Trump and against Hillary is a vote to put the decades-long drama of the Clintons behind us once and for all.”
EDDIE GLAUDE JR.: I was in the airport coming from LSU, I gave a talk down in Baton Rouge, and some guy—and by the way they love the show—some guy stops. He’s talking to me about politics. And he says, you know, if there’s a crook who is going to go into the cockpit, who knows how to fly the plane, and then there’s an idiot who doesn’t know how to fly the plane, I’m going to vote for the crook.
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YAMICHE ALCINDOR: I don’t see people who are leaving [Hillary]. Even some supporters that I’ve talked who are worried about whether or not she’s going to somehow end up indicted. They told me, hey, I would rather have Tim Kaine as president, if it comes to that, than Donald Trump.
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