When it comes to gaffes in the Clinton camp, Hillary is the most-likely culprit. Few care to hear what Chelsea has to say and Bill is and always was smooth-as-silk.
That’s why his recent gaffe is so out-of-character. The smooth-talking politician who convinced America that the economic prosperity on his watch was his doing and that infidelity is no big deal is the same politician who inadvertently slammed Hillary’s job performance and her ability to carry the mantle of Obama’s legacy.
On Monday in Spokane, Washington, Clinton pleaded with the audience to vote for his wife and explained,
“If you believe we can rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics, then you should vote for her.”
The problem? Hillary was Secretary of State during much of that time and she shares this legacy with Obama.
Further, Hillary has attempted to paint herself as the legitimate heir to the Obama legacy of economic redistribution and social justice, so those who condemn the past 8 “awful” years are exactly the people who would not vote for her.
Now, Hillary’s team is fighting to undo the damage done by (typically Slick) Willy and those who relentlessly defend her are doing similarly.
Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden blasted “rightwing news sites” for supposedly twisting Bill’s words.
“Progressives citing rightwing news sites that twist a quote of our last Dem president are basically like [Donald Trump] citing insane Internet rumors,” she said.
The Hillary camp is trying to unring the bell with the standard “he didn’t say what you clearly just heard him say” line of defense.
According to Hillary surrogates, it was a jab at Republicans, not President Obama.
“When Republicans controlled the White House, their trickle-down approach drove our economy to the brink of a collapse,” Clinton spokeswoman Angela Urena said.
“After President Obama was elected, Republicans made it their number one goal to block him at every turn. That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy, and the American people should reject it by electing Hillary Clinton to build on President Obama’s success so we can all grow and succeed together,” she added.
That might work if Bill Clinton hadn’t referenced the exact number of years Obama has been in office.
Keep in mind: Republicans only recently took the Senate in 2014
Further, Republicans only retook the House in 2010. If Clinton were attempting to reference supposed Republican dysfunction, his choices could only be “6 years” or “2 years.”
Team Hillary’s response is par for the course as the entirety of her campaign has been catch-up. Bereft of any legitimate contenders in the field, the Clinton campaign has been allotted countless mulligans to try and get their messaging right to little effect.
They have repeatedly announced reinventions of Hillary’s image and her position on any given issue is only as solid as gelato.
Why should their response to this dig at Obama’s legacy be any less-embarrassing?