During a panel discussion about the campaign on “Up with Steve Kornacki” Sunday, Clinton’s first week was met with dismissiveness, with multiple talking heads remarking that the campaign seems contrived.
“I wish I could sit here and say it’s been a wonderful week for Hillary Clinton, but it hasn’t. All political campaigns are contrived,” said Forbes’ Rick Ungar. “But the whole point of a good one is to contrive the campaign to not appear contrived. And I don’t think I’ve seen a more contrived-appearing campaign ever. It’s just been horrible.”
“It’s been a huge distraction, I think. I think the problem is that we didn’t even know that she was talking about these messages because it was too busy talking about where Scooby Doo minivan is going or whether she tipped the server over in Chipotle. And, you know, this staged Iowa appearance with the family. I think it’s just been a disaster for the first week for Hillary Clinton. The message is getting lost.”
“I’m not sure it’s been that disastrous,” Kornacki said. “It does look contrived, and politics generally does looked contrived. But I don’t know that she’s in a worse place than she was a week ago.”
“The message has gotten lost party because of the media’s coverage of it,” said Lauren Fox of National Journal. “But also partly because none of the messages she’s come out with so far have been surprising. These are things that are very standard, that the Democrats have been saying for a long time.”