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MSNBC: Hillary’s Campaign Will Work To Keep Her From Looking Like A “Hottie Celebrity”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:34 pm

[guest post by Dana]

And we’re off: Hillary!, Tingles Matthews! MSNBC hilarity! Ah, yes, campaign season is underway. And tomorrow Hillary announces. Good times.

With that, Chris Matthews discussed Hillary’s campaign roll-out with an MSNBC colleague who is following the campaign:

“What do you think will be her method of running? I mean, will she use the listening tour to sort of get back her vocabulary — her political vocabulary, her sense of the rhythm of the daily politics? Will that be a useful segue, a way to segue back into taking tough interviews? Even regular, local reporters can be tough in their questioning” he said.

I know, funny stuff, right? Tough media interviews? Ha! And notice the dripping condescension: even regular, local reporters… you know, the little people.

Also funny was was the analyst’s assessment of the campaign’s approach to Hillary’s roll-out:

I think what you’re going to see is this smallness, this roll out of the initial campaign stage. It’s going to be small. It’s going to be meeting with voters in their homes. It’s going to be small settings. Don’t ask me how she’s going to be able to pull that off with a couple dozen reporters and camera crews and a huge security detail. It’s a big concern for the folks on the campaign and they’re trying to work around that right now. But yes, they want to keep her from looking like a hottie celebrity who doesn’t need voters…

MSNBC doesn’t appear to care why the the campaign is choosing to go small in announcing and why there will be tight controls on media presence. No real probing of any strategy. If MSNBC really was one of those tough media outlets Matthews referred to, wouldn’t he at least ask the tough question let alone discuss reasons why? Just maybe Hillary cannot risk facing any questions about any Benghazi, Emailgate, foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation, Columbia workers’ right abuses and more, lest those pesky problems embarrassingly steal from her announcement thunder…

(And, if that wasn’t obvious enough, there was John Podesta’s recent courting of the media at a private off-the-record dinner with journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Huffington Post and several major TV networks. Top Hillary team members were in attendance. For most political observers, it’s not that hard to figure out why such a gathering…)

As for Hillary, in spite of slipping popularity in key states, she’s ready and she wants the media and public to know believe that she is determined to have a new, open relationship with the press:

“I am all about new beginnings,” Clinton said. “A new grandchild, a new email account. Why not a new relationship with the press? So here it goes. No more secrecy. No more zone of privacy. But first of all, before I go any further. If you look under your chairs, you’ll find a simple nondisclosure agreement.”

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day and Hillary is feeling good. We’ll see what Sunday brings.


27 Responses to “MSNBC: Hillary’s Campaign Will Work To Keep Her From Looking Like A “Hottie Celebrity””

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. Don’t you think she looks tired?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  3. A trite, vapid hot wind will soon be blowing across America. The Hillary! Express is on the move. Soon, the mere sight of a pantsuit will be enough to induce vomiting in all but the lame and the gimps.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. It took me three cigarettes to stop laughing, Dana.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. Democrats have two cards that will probably win them the election. The two cards are ideology and identity. There are those who can always be counted on to vote Democrat because they lean left. And then there are those that vote for an identity (race, gender, etc.) In this case they have the “first female President” as their rallying point.

    If Republicans are smart they will take away the identity card by nominating a woman or a minority. Since good female candidates seem to be in short supply, that leaves the minority option. Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Marco Rubio all fit the bill. However, the Hispanic voting bloc is more significant than the Asian voting bloc, and I doubt non-Indian Asians would be as supportive of Jindal as Hispanics would be of an Hispanic. So, we are left with Cruz and Rubio. Both appear to be excellent speakers. Ted Cruz is Hispanic, but “Ted” doesn’t sound as ethnic as “Marco”. Plus, Cruz is more easily painted as an extremist. Furthermore, Florida is a key battleground state. Texas? Not so much.

    It’s a shame that all of this matters, but when one has a stupid electorate one must play stupid games.

    norcal (67f90f)

  6. they want to keep her from looking like a hottie celebrity who doesn’t need voters…
    That ship sailed a loooong time ago.

    Gazzer (eae5fa)

  7. ==hottie celebrity==

    Wait! Back up. Was that “analyst” really talking about Hillary? Hillary Clinton??

    elissa (75745e)

  8. I’m going out for another cigarette.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. It appears that MSNBC is having kind of a bad day. In the “well they all look alike” department Andrea Mitchell wants to talk about Cuban policy with Representative Joaquin Castro because, she informs her viewers, he’s Cuban- American. He graciously interrupts to say that actually he’s Mexican American. She just plows on in a whatever mode and doesn’t even attempt to apologize for her error.

    elissa (75745e)

  10. Tacos, paella, King Juan Carlos, Roberto Clemente , Fernando Marcos, the Amazon. the Barcelona, Rio Grande, all, same thing..

    Bugg (bd9445)

  11. Mark Cuban…

    Gazzer (eae5fa)

  12. That’s rich, elissa @ 10. They just don’t care about accuracy. Who needs it anyway.


    Unfortunately, you’re right. Identity politics is the way the US rolls anymore. That’s why I think Fiorina might be good to consider as veep. Clearly, she has more sanity, knowledge and experience-outside-of-government that Biden, but mostly, she is ferocious and sharp. She has been taking on Clinton at every turn.

    Also, I like how she assessed the Iran non-deal:

    President Obama’s perhaps gravest mistake is when he took a victory lap in the Rose Garden around this framework of a deal, because what he has signaled to the Iranians is he must have this deal at all costs. He not only was unwilling to ever walk away from the table, rule number one, if you want a good deal, walk away from the table at least once. Rule number two, never commit yourself publicly until you actually have the deal you want. And President Obama is now committed publicly. So my prediction is that unless Congress intervenes, which I desperately hope they will, what Iran is going to spend the next two months doing is making this deal, which is already very good for them, even better for them, because they now know that President Obama has committed the entire prestige of his office to getting this deal done. . . . This president is hopeless on negotiations from what I’ve observed over the past six years, and I think he really honestly believes that it is the eloquence of his presentation alone that will change minds and move hearts. And of course, he’s up against people who are prepared to take advantage of that sadly, you said it earlier, it’s an egocentric view of the world, and it’s not a realistic view of the world.

    Dana (86e864)

  13. Oops. Link.

    Dana (86e864)

  14. Gosh, I didn’t realize you were that “distracted” by the hottie celebrity, nk…

    Dana (86e864)

  15. The word “hottie” as applied to Hillary sends me into uncontrollable paroxysms of laughter and I need something to keep me from hyperventilating, Dana. I’m down half a pack since you put up this post.

    nk (dbc370)

  16. Okay, nk, if you say so. :)

    Dana (86e864)

  17. Ok, ok, a quarter ounce, but how did you know?

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Patterico,

    Thank you for the video. I had forgotten how much I loved her music.

    Easy Target (d7a02c)

  19. Dana,

    I love that quote from Fiorina, and think she would make a great veep.

    Shoot me an e-mail sometime. (I assume you can see the e-mail address I use to post.) I would love to hear about how the old Cathy Seipp gang is doing.

    norcal (67f90f)

  20. ET, actually it is Dana that you should thank for the video.

    Gazzer (eae5fa)

  21. Uninformed voters believe what they read.

    mg (31009b)

  22. I’ll take that job for $2M… (yawn, scratch self, turn on tv)

    steveg (794291)

  23. I stand corrected. Thank you, Dana! 😎 I have been wandering down memory lane all evening. What a great way to get away from politics for a while.

    Easy Target (d7a02c)

  24. Well, being taken for a “Celebrity Hottie” is one thing Hillary doesn’t ever have to worry about. Hot she’s not.

    f1guyus (9cbd15)

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