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ICYMI: Hillary Clinton Stumbles

- January 25, 2016

“The Clinton Campaign Seems Increasingly Desperate And Reckless.”

Excerpts from The New York Times

By: Charles M. Blow

Monday, January 25, 2016

"...on the verge of Monday night’s Democratic town hall in Iowa — the last time the candidates will face off before the caucuses in that state — and with Bernie Sanders’s poll numbers climbing not only in Iowa, but also in New Hampshire, the Clinton campaign seems increasingly desperate and reckless.

“I noticed the turn in the last debate as Clinton seemed to me to go too far in her attacks on Sanders, while simultaneously painting herself into a box that will be very hard to escape.

“She wrapped herself in President Obama’s legacy so tightly that she could hardly breathe, and then built an image of herself as a practical politician who could build on Obama’s accomplishments by taking small steps and negotiating tough deals.

“But practicality and incrementalism, as reasonable as that strategy and persona may be, are simply no match for what animates the Sanders campaign...

“But instead of Clinton finding a way to express that her plans are more tangible than Sanders’s… she and her campaign have made some incredulous inferences about Sanders’s honor.


“The swipes at him as being soft on the gun industry as some way of cozying up to it, or of being anti-Obama because he wanted Obama to be stronger in pursuing a liberal agenda, or that he wants to scrap Obamacare, simply do not connect.
 
“Sanders may be a dreamer, but he’s not dishonorable. Trying to sully him in this way only sullies her.

“There are a tremendous number of echoes starting to be heard between the way Clinton ran against Obama, and the way she is running against Sanders.

“Clinton has what political insiders call the 'firewall': Overwhelming support among black and Hispanic voters in Southern and some Western states. But a win by Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire could supply a boost of momentum that could greatly erode the Clinton firewall.

“If Clinton can’t find a positive, energetic message to project, and soon, she is going to be swept away by Sanders…”

Read the full column here.

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