It’s undeniable that Hillary Clinton has an image problem. From her flippant outbursts concerning the dead Americans left to die in Benghazi to her testy demeanor with adoring fans to a longstanding reputation for iciness, the cold and distant candidate has an uphill battle to become the Democrat nominee as liberal politics too-often hinges upon a valuing of “feeling” over policy.
Though Barack Obama had grand ideas of a socialist utopia, prior to being sworn-in, the senator-turned-president never appeared to stop and explain his policies, but simply chanted “hope and change” and the mindless left, dazzled by the charismatic speaker, followed blindly.
Clinton has no such charisma. With her personality being so off-putting, one would assume that Clinton’s campaign would strengthen their policy platforms.
That hasn’t gone well either. Her policy agenda reads like a cut-and-paste job from a Wikipedia article about contemporary liberal policy issues. Out-flanked on the left by diehard socialist Bernie Sanders, Clinton cannot reach the far-left base of the Democrat Party and her policies are rather uninspiring for the more-centrist Democrat.
However, by capitalizing upon the deaths of innocent people, Clinton may have found herself a talking point to differentiate herself from Sanders. Clinton has begun waving the bloody cloth of gun control, hoping to re-engineer her campaign for the 1,000th time since it began.
“I want to push hard to get more sensible restraints,” Clinton said on the “Today Show” on Monday. “I want to work with Congress, but I will look at ways as president.”
“I’m going to try in every way,” Clinton claimed on Monday. “I am going to get those guns out of people’s hands.”
Last week, she parroted the left’s talking points by lashing-out at the NRA for their support of our constitutional rights.
“We need to make every politician who sides with [the NRA] to look in the eyes of parents whose kids have been murdered,” Clinton said. “The GOP counts on a dedicated group that scares politicians and says ‘We will vote against you’ … So we will take them on. We took them on in the ’90s; we’re gonna take them on again.”
Clinton has called for increased background check qualifications and for the eradication of legal protections for gun manufacturers from civil liabilities for misuse.
In essence, Clinton understands that if a gun manufacturer is civilly liable for millions of dollars in damages if a nutcase misuses their gun, the cost of business will force companies to close their doors.
Clinton’s Hail Mary is a losing effort. Consistently, support for gun control has plummeted in recent years amidst the realization that the hysteria of the ‘90’s was unfounded and that their proposed “solution” of heavily regulation produced no measurable results in crime reduction.
With gun control on nobody’s radar, Clinton’s message is in danger of falling flat amidst more-substantive discussions surrounding economic and national security issues.
Unless Bernie Sanders begins crusading for alcohol prohibition, it just may be that Clinton will be engaged in the most-irrelevant issue of the 2016 election cycle at a time when Joe Biden is expected to mount a fresh new campaign for the Democrat nod.
If Clinton is hoping to revitalize her campaign, she should maintain the typical liberal line regarding gun control, but focus on more substantive issues.
And, if she simply cannot help herself and must pounce-upon national tragedy for political gain, she would be wise to try doing it with a little subtlety.