I wrongfully thought that the Hillary candidacy announcement would be a tsunami.
Boy was I wrong!
First of all, there was that rather unfortunate juxtaposition of Hillary’s photo and the Alzheimers headline in the UK Independent. Oops!
And about that tsunami, well…A tsunami is a powerful wave and can be pretty devastating to any foe, force or land. However, seiche waves are due to the movement within a confined space (such as a YouTube announcement instead of an open rally). These have long wavelengths and rarely result in any impact because their height is generally a few inches and their impact fairly mild.
On Sunday, the expected tsunami became a little wave followed by a little splash. “I’m running for president,” she said with a smile near the end of a two-minute video released just after 3 p.m.- early evening.
“I want to be that champion,” Mrs. Clinton said. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
Then she took off with her crew in a van called “Scooby.” “Scooby” stopped at Chipotle for a feeding break and the kids serving the tacos and everyone else for that matter neither recognized her nor cared much more than to ask “Need a little more salsa, Ma’am?”
By the way, how can you appeal to the “youngsters” when you name your van after a cartoon produced from 1969 with its heyday in the 1970’s? Probably when most of the youngsters’ PARENTS were born..
You see,the original series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969 –exactly two years before Marco Rubio was born, and one year before the birth of Ted Cruz.
So the cool van is a “grandma-mobile.”
The kids did not recognize their champion and neither did the manager who had to pull the security tape to verify that the champ was present.
The next evening seemed more of a tsunami with Senator Marco Rubio declaring (indirectly) that she was “yesterday’s news” — in more ways than one. At 43, the youngest candidate in the rapidly growing 2016 presidential field, Mr. Rubio cast himself as a forward-looking, next-generation leader.
I can’t help but think that she must be internally screaming “Oh NO!!! Not another telegenic “ethnic” whippersnapper” coming to take MY rightful place!”
Democrats overwhelmingly support Clinton’s candidacy. Much of that enthusiasm is tied to the chance to make history by electing a woman to the presidency. They want another “first.”
What does she stand for? Who know! But she is a woman and we are all ready for that. Right? But along the way a few stumbles are starting to occur.
First, Mrs. Clinton plans to highlight that she is a grandmother and trumpet her chance to make history. She wants to show how “tough” she is. But she also wants to use her gender as a “weapon” to deflect any harsh criticism.
In an appearance today, she stated‘‘We’ve got to figure out in our country how to get back on the right track,’’ — thereby acknowledging that it is pretty much being run into the ground by the current occupants at the White House.
She vowed to get rid of yesterday’s problems even though she herself is being painted as yesterday’s news.
So, expect the grandma card, the woman card, the income inequality card and all the other cards to come out of this deck. Anything to win. She is now 67 and there will be no other chances.
All in all, the press will carry her water, favorably interpret her gaffes, lie if necessary and scream “womanophobia” if necessary. But in the final stretch, the little seiche wave may need to start building momentum on her own.