In the final stretch, Candidate Clinton focuses on re-inventing herself…again.
In addition to fighting Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign style, as well as liberal “bedwetting” over her falling poll numbers, Hillary Clinton is finding herself fighting another opponent—Hillary Clinton.
According to the Associated Press, the Clinton campaign is going to spend the final weeks of the campaign “trying — yet again — to explain one of the world’s most famous politicians to a skeptical public.”
“I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional,” she said in her post to the popular website Humans of New York. “And neither do my friends. And neither does my family.” She went on: “But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
The campaign hopes that such public shows of humility, alongside a series of speeches designed to lay out her vision for the country, will persuade voters to reconsider their feelings about Clinton.
In the campaign’s final stretch, her aides plan to show off Clinton in governing mode — meeting world leaders during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, for example. They argue that people like Clinton more when she’s serving in office than when she’s campaigning. Invitations to some creative media appearances, such as a turn on the “Funny or Die” comedy site, have been accepted to play up the warm, self-effacing Clinton that friends say they see in private.
The strategy is designed to address Clinton’s biggest political liability: A majority of voters simply do not trust her.
The latest metamorphosis of Candidate Clinton comes as the public is being reminded that it was the Clinton campaign in 2008—not Republicans or Donald Trump—that gave birth to the whole “birther movement” (those who believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not the U.S.).
By and large, the public already knows Hillary Clinton lies—alot.
As a result, given his penchant for creating controversy, whether the public decides it can actually trust Clinton enough to vote for her or not will likely be more dependent on Donald Trump than on Clinton.