Rope repelled more than rabble
Someone needs to take aside Hillary Clinton, her campaign advisers, or both, and ask them these two questions:
1. Have you never before run a political campaign?
2. Have you never before campaigned in New Hampshire?
We all know the answers: Of course they have run a political campaign. Two of them. Of course they have campaigned in New Hampshire, in 2008.
Once they’ve answered those questions, then we have to ask them this: Just what were you thinking in Gorham on July 4?
Except we already know the answer to that: They weren’t thinking. They put aside, at least for that day, any thought of thinking and instead, did something … well, stupid is the best word we can find.
Clinton marched in Gorham’s July 4 parade but she marched behind a rope held by her minions to keep, they said, the press from crowding her so that the public could see her better. What nonsense.
Clinton behind that rope looked imperial. She was reminiscent of Queen Victoria paraded through the streets of London in a carriage surrounded by the Horse Guard to keep away the rabble.
Contrast her with Jeb Bush who, in Amherst, shook hands, posed for pictures and marched as if he actually wanted to be there among potential voters.
We have long supported Hillary Clinton for president. Indeed, many months before 2008, we editorialized in favor of her running and we endorsed her in the 2008 New Hampshire Primary.
Now? Well … at the moment, there is no viable Democratic alternative but if the primary were next week and we were expected to endorse a candidate, we don’t know that we could in conscience endorse Clinton right now.
We hope that if Clinton marches in Milford’s Labor Day parade she will eschew the rope and arrive with new advisors.
Meet and greet the rabble. We don’t bite. Just ask Jeb.