(Balls out refers to a steam engine working at capacity. It has nothing to do with male genitalia.)
What the Goliaths in the press fail to apreciate is that their efforts to help Hillary actually hinder her. She is the Establishment Candidate in a year of revolution.
Consider this from a triple bylined story in the New York Times:
Mrs. Clinton is pressing ahead with a conventional campaign, echoing the 2012 themes used against the Republican nominee that year, Mitt Romney. But Mr. Trump is running a jarringly different crusade: accusing her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of rape; proposing that the country conduct brutal methods of torture; and suggesting that South Korea and Japan be permitted to develop nuclear arms. Prominent Democrats say a more provocative approach is needed.Only in Washington do people think it is OK for a president to rape women, it is bad to kill terrorists, and it is gauche to allow South Korea and Japan to nuke up now that Kim Jong-Un has one.
The disconnect between the people and their government is difficult for the Washington press corps to comprehend. Part of it is the political class flatters their egos by telling them how smart they are. But after missing Trump's rise for 11 consecutive months, even a slow dog would catch on.
However, neither the press nor Hillary's vast staff -- 10 times larger than Trump's with far better credentials (his social media director is his former caddy) -- have figured it out.
Instead the Times report continued:
Jennifer Palmieri, a spokeswoman for the Clinton campaign, said that the news coverage Mr. Trump is receiving is not helping him. She said that unlike Mr. Trump, who uses “nothing but his own mouth,” Mrs. Clinton has a campaign that employs many methods of communication, including videos, respected surrogates and bilingual outreach. “We hear from friends who think we should act more like Trump or criticize us for sometimes using traditional communications tactics,” she said. “But we don’t think that’s the answer.”That paragraph reminded me that when Hernán Cortés showed up at Tenochtitlan with 600 musket-men and 15 cannon, the generals told Montezuma they'll be fine with their jaguar warrior with their wooden swords with volcanic glass blades because the jaguar warriors worked so well in the past.
Not everyone in Washington is clueless. From the story:
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is concerned that she lacks a comprehensive strategy to confront Mr. Trump, and has told Democrats that the Clinton campaign must bring on a senior staff member dedicated only to the Trump portfolio.
But it looks like the nothing-another-slogan-won't-fix crowd will prevail anyway. From the story:“As soon as she clinches the nomination, we need a high-level person in the campaign whose sole job is to respond to Trump, almost on an hourly basis,” said Mr. Schumer, who has begun conversations with Clinton officials about who could fill that role.
During a conference call this month, high-profile female supporters pressed Mrs. Clinton’s advisers about her message — which has as a slogan “Breaking Down Barriers” — and whether it needs to shift for the general election. “The message will be broadening,” Karen Finney, a senior adviser, explained, according to a transcript of the call obtained by The New York Times. “But,” she added, leaving some participants perplexed, “breaking down barriers and unity will continue to be part of the theme because Hillary believes we need to come together as a country in many ways.”So far she has used:
Ready For Hillary.I may be missing a few, there are so many and my brain capacity is so small.
I’m with Her.
Make America Whole.
Love Trumps Hate.
Love and Kindness.
Break Down Barriers.
Build Ladders of Opportunity.
Working for Change, Working for You.
Ready for Change, Ready to Lead.
Stronger Together -- the onion teams up with the skunk.
But have no fear. Everything is under control, according to the New York Times:
For now, her aides appear to be throwing ideas against a wall to see what sticks, including trying out different monikers after the Democratic National Committee’s “Dangerous Donald” flopped. An internal favorite is “Poor Donald,” with its implication that Mr. Trump, famously defensive about his net worth, is not nearly as wealthy as he lets on.
Her advisers also say that a large percentage of voters have not yet paid attention to the details of the race and do not know about Mr. Trump’s business dealings or that he has refused to release his taxes.
“It wouldn’t be a general election without some early bed-wetting from Washington insiders,” said Robby Mook, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager. He noted that the campaign had attacked Mr. Trump over the tax returns and for his “demeaning millions of Americans.”
“Our campaign has already shown the resolve to take him on and put him on defense in ways his Republican challengers never could,” Mr. Mook added.Good luck with personal attacks, Crooked Clinton. Low Energy Jeb tried. Little Rubio tried. Lyin' Cruz tried. But this time it will be different, right?
Trump's been running a general election campaign since he leaped into the race on June 16, 2015. Hillary has yet to start one. Well, one that works.