Poor Hillary: 'You'd Be Tough Too, If You Had My Life'
Now let's grant that the one we're about to discuss ranks rather low on the Gaffe-o-meter. If Sniper-gate was a 6.2, this might be a 2.1. But this particular misstep does have the demerit of undercutting a major Clinton campaign theme. Hillary's strategy nowadays consists of appealing to middle- and lower-income voters. Call it the Beer-and-a-shot Shtick. She's a Gal of the People. Not snobby like those Obamas. You know, like Michelle, who complained to a group of women in a struggling area of Ohio about her difficulties in spending $10,000 a year for various lessons for her kids while paying off student loans for her sojourns at Princeton and Harvard.
But that's exactly the kind of mistake Hillary has made. Today's Good Morning America played a clip [date and place unidentified, but presumably from the IN or NC campaign trail] of Hillary saying this to a crowd:
HILLARY CLINTON: Some people say, "oh she is tough." Well, if you'd had my life, you'd be tough too.View video here.
Let's allow that Hillary has been hardened by her run-ins with the VRWC. But is it smart politics for Clinton to tell voters they've had it easy compared to her? Wise to ask people to pity someone who grew up in a comfortable upper-middle class suburb, attended Wellesley and Yale, and was waited on hand and foot as First Lady of Arkansas and the USA?
Cry me a Whitewater!