Hillary Clinton fatigue already? The perils of too much, too soon

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

There’s trouble when too much showbiz sneaks into politics. Entertainment and shrill trappings often trumps even simple truths before distracted voters; valuable and authentic moments can get lost in the manufactured hubbub. The situation is fraught with peril for politicians and presidential hopefuls scrambling to establish their “brand”. Hillary Clinton’s monumental return to public radar is a test case.

The public isn’t completely overwhelmed quite yet. Why, even a new poll of Democrats reveals that only a quarter of them say she should run for president “unopposed”. Meanwhile, the Mrs. Clinton’s massive marketing caravan is on the move.

She has a new memoir, multiple intense interviews and a national tour complete with fancy campaign bus courtesy of Ready for Hillary, a super pac. The book has already earned some catty reviews and or/accusations that it has little new substance but lots of packaging and safe sound bites. Watchful news organizations wonder if she’s conducting a book tour or campaign roll-out.

And while Mrs. Clinton’s strategists hope to time her public presence and a possible announcement with exquisite calibration, their candidate-in-waiting may be offering too much too soon. It is very difficult to control the trajectory of such things in our frantic age. There is also a delicate balance between over-marketing and productive campaigning; Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul will be the first to say that unscripted, shirt sleeves-style grassroots moments often yield more voter interest.

But at least Mrs. Clinton’s not racing off to say, Iowa or New Hampshire just yet. And there is a chance she won’t run at all. No, really. There is.

Meanwhile, we must note intriguing deep numbers in a recent poll. Yes, yes - it reveals that she has strong, favorable personal numbers. But 55 percent of Democrats themselves also say Mrs. Clinton and “other Democrats” should run for president in 2016. Only 28 percent say she should run unopposed, while 13 percent say she should not run at all, this according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts