I kind of agree, kind of disagree.
The more one watches the coverage of Mrs Clinton, the more it becomes apparent that it won’t be the serious scandals – the Benghazis or the private email account – that will matter. Rather, the much greater danger is that she could become a joke.
Unlike Barack Obama’s early days, Mrs Clinton isn’t viewed as “off limits” to the entertainment and media worlds. And unlike her husband, former president Bill Clinton, Mrs Clinton must get elected in a world where conservative websites and citizen journalists with camera phones are ubiquitous.
The ‘serious’ scandals will have their place. For example: it is going to be supremely awkward for any prominent Republican to explain why he or she is crossing the aisle to support a woman who sat back and let one of our ambassadors to be outraged, then killed. This is actually a kind of important detail, since crossover support is a small but significant part of a successful Presidential campaign. But I fully agree that the less serious stuff is helpful, too. John Kerry might have made more of a race of it if he hadn’t been so, ah, memorable on the campaign trail.
I look forward to seeing how Hillary Clinton will surpass him on that front.
Moe Lane (crosspost)