The mid-terms are in the rear view mirror. Attention is turning toward November 2016 and the race for the White House.
Republicans will probably spend the political equivalent of all the tea in China trying to define Hillary Clinton as an ivory tower elitist. A Washington insider who’s unlikable, untrustworthy, and can’t figure out how to handle two email accounts at the same time.
But Republicans don’t have to convince anyone that Hillary is any of the above. It’s not that hard.
Anyone who’s been halfway paying attention to the political landscape for say, a nano-second, already knows Hillary’s a career corruptocrat. In fact, Clinton’s unfavorable rating according to the Huffington Post’s Pollster Trend is 49 percent. She’s at 52 percent in the Quinnipiac poll. 53 percent say she doesn’t “care about my needs” according to the Q-poll. She’s vulnerable.
Folks, this isn’t rocket science.
The big question is whether or not anyone will still believe this and remember in 2016. It’s the job of Republicans to make sure voters do.
So here are six ways to beat Hillary in 2016. Courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon. What would you add?
- Clinton can’t be trusted. Trade, same-sex marriage, crime, foreign policy—she’ll betray you whenever it suits her political needs. Voters have short memories. So repeat this refrain like a mantra over and over and over.
- Clinton’s a liar. She lied about the Benghazi video. She lied about her email. She lied about Sidney Blumenthal. Hillary’s an inveterate liar. She can’t help herself. Remind people.
- Highlight her position on gun control. Clinton’s position on gun control is way out of whack with a majority of Americans. Hillary’s interest in Australia’s confiscation policy was so extreme her campaign walked it back. The election results in Virginia, where Michael Bloomberg spent $2 million in a failed attempt to win the state senate for Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, show just how unpopular limitations on the Second Amendment are.
- Crime. Criminal justice reform is the policy fad du jour. Clinton has eagerly embraced it. President Pinhead’s DOJ released 6,000 prisoners last month, “the largest one-time release of federal prisoners.” He’s likely to release more. If just one of these former inmates commits a violent crime, guess what? Hillary Clinton will own it. Republicans can shout this from the rooftops.
- Hillary is auditioning for a starring role in Obama, Part 3. Her predecessor’s two “landmark achievements” – Obamacare and the Iran deal – are as unpopular as a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs. If the GOP misses the opportunity to wrap these two items around Hillary’s neck – with empathy and optimism – then it probably deserves to lose.
- Don’t go overboard on painting Hillary as unlikable such that she has a chance to play the victim card. She did it with Rick Lazio in 2000, and with Barack Obama in 2008. Let her natural unpleasantness speak for itself.
I mean, c’mon. Would you want to grab a pizza with this woman? See a movie? Hang from your finger nails? Breathe in the same room with her? (Don’t even feature asking about sharing my private Ghirardelli’s stash.)
As the Beacon points out:
Republicans won’t need to paint her as unlikable. She’ll take care of that herself. Eventually she’ll commit a gaffe that she’ll spend three days apologizing for. It’s in her nature. Hillary Clinton is nowhere near her husband in terms of political talent. She’s isolated, living in a bubble for decades. Every so often she lets the “real” Hillary out and ends up regretting it. The authentic Clinton isn’t the woman who appeared at the debate or before Congress. It’s the Clinton who, when asked if she had wiped clean her private server, sneered, “With a cloth or something?”
Aloof. Condescending. Untrustworthy. An out-of-touch elitist extremist with the personality of a porcupine.
In other words, the best way to beat Hillary Clinton is to just let her be herself. Duh.
This story also appeared in BuzzPo.