Hillary Clinton Gambles in Choosing Small Events Over Huge Rallies
She has no choice.
The truth is she would have trouble drawing flies even if she were covered in syrup. Nobody really likes her. She cannot attract the thousands that Trump draws (and before him Sanders and Obama).
Unlike Trump, her high unfavorables do not come with much enthusiastic support. Democrats know she is an election nightmare who is taking on water and so President Obama, Senator Warren, and Vice President Biden are trying to campaign for her. Or maybe avoid a down-ticket annihilation.
Mike Dukakis was more animated.
Over the last year, in at least a dozen states, Clinton has dedicated hours and hours to events so small that members of the media often match or outnumber the attendees.Why are we reading this for the first time? Any other candidate would have faced a relentless press ridicule complete with late-night comics.
But she gets a pass because our media is so corrupt.
The story went on:
Her campaign is hopeful this uncommon campaign style will pay off in Tuesday's Kentucky primary, where she made a point of hosting low-key events with voters in the lead-up to today's contest.
In a primary election where Sanders and Trump continually draw thousands, Clinton has only matched her largest crowd -- the campaign's Roosevelt Island launch rally crowd of 5,000 -- once.
This is wholly intentional. Aides have characterized the tactic as one of the biggest "gambles" of the campaign and the closer she gets to clinching the Democratic nomination, the more vindicated they feel in taking this approach.
Smaller, more intimate events, aides argue, allow voters to see a different side of Clinton that doesn't always come across in more traditional campaign settings.And the story goes on and on like a Lewis Carroll tale. It ended with this:
At a recent hospital visit in Camden, New Jersey, Clinton turned a 5-minute photo op into a 35-minute discussion on health care initiatives. When a nurse practitioner praised her work at the State Department on clean cookstoves in developing countries, Clinton beamed.
"That just lights up my wonkish heart," she saidFinally, we find an accomplishment in her life -- cookstoves.
I will wager the supplier of those cookstoves is a big donor.
Coming soon -- "Trump the Press: Don Surber's take on how the pundits blew the 2016 Republican race."