By David Lewis Follow @PolitiQuick
How does a presidential candidate connect with the electorate and completely avoid the press corps at the same time? Hillary Clinton thinks she has the answer. While most candidates need the press to help get their message out and develop name recognition, for Hillary it’s different. After decades in the public eye — First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State — she is beyond name recognition and into name saturation. In order to ‘connect’ she dons sunglasses and trolls around in a large black van, looking more like a secret service agent than a presidential candidate. This promises to be an odd affair indeed.
As far as the Democrat Party is concerned, what Hillary wants, she gets. And Hillary wants no competition for her party’s nomination. But when you’re the only fish in the bowl, all eyes are upon you. And there are many unanswered questions regarding Hillary’s State Department emails, fundraising for her family foundation, the Benghazi scandal, her failed tenure as Secretary of State and, despite her numerous titles, an overall lack of accomplishment. These questions stack up and swirl about because Hillary refuses to address them. Instead, she runs a stealth campaign, darting past the assembled press corps, refusing to take questions. This week she “has been spotted,” so say the media hounds, shuttling across the heartland in her large, black, tint-windowed Scooby Van … seriously.
Yes, that is a reference to the 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby Doo Where Are You! Shall we talk for a moment of being mired in the past? It is noted that the animated teenagers in the Scooby Doo cartoons drove around, somewhat aimlessly, in a large van they called the Mystery Machine, having unsolved mysteries (what else?) land all too conveniently in their laps. There is, of course, a theme in play here. For Hillary’s campaign seems indelibly mired in the past; and it is a mystery as to how she’ll connect with the America people via this off-putting, stealth operation that she calls a ‘campaign,’ waiting for the presidency to fall in her lap.
All too bizarre, and it’s only day three.