The GOP attack machine is revving up to lay groundwork for defeating Hillary Clinton in a general election, and there’s no shortage of super PACs vying for the millions in funding that go along with ensuring her demise. American Crossroads (Rove), Right to Rise (Jeb!), and America Rising are each jockeying for the title of “Clinton slayer”—all of which could add up to a several-hundred-million dollar effort, report Ashley Parker and Amy Chozick.
Not content to simply go after Clinton’s recent email “scandal,” they are digging up terms like “Whitewater, Travelgate and Filegate.” (Seems a little desperate, no?)
But what Republican operatives are most enthused about is Clinton’s comment that she and Bill were “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2000.
Republicans could hardly hide their giddiness when Mrs. Clinton made her “dead broke” remark last year. To many in the political world,
comment evoked Mr. Romney’s misstep at a 2012 fund-raiser where he said “47 percent” of Americans were overly dependent on government.
This is a hilarious comparison between Hillary and Romney. Perhaps, GOP operatives could succeed in painting Hillary as out of touch with regular Americans, but she didn’t suggest that nearly half of American voters are lazy, ne’er-do-wells who sit on the couch all day eating Cheetos and waiting for their government check to be delivered. That’s what Mittens said. Hillary said she was “broke,” which she later labeled an “inartful” remark.
By contrast, Romney asserted this at the end of the portrait he painted of the 47 percent of voters who would never vote for him:
And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Clinton has her vulnerabilities—every candidate does—but the idea that she’ll ever be as tone-deaf or condescending as Mittens is laughable.