With Election Day less than two months away, Democrats are increasingly worried that Hillary Clinton has not built a formidable lead against Donald Trump despite his historic weaknesses as a national party candidate.Panic. What to do?
Even the Democratic nominee’s advisers acknowledge that she must make changes, and quickly....
One new goal for Clinton now, aides said, is to spend more time trying to connect directly with voters by sharing a more personal side of herself....That's a "new goal"? That's exactly what she purported to be doing when she announced her candidacy in spring 2015. I don't think there is a more personal side.
Some changes in Clinton’s operation are already in evidence on the campaign trail. Among them: More interaction with the press; a series of policy speeches that Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, said are “more about her than about him;” and a shift back toward positive messages in television advertising and efforts to present positive elements of her biography elsewhere.It must be utterly confounding that attacking Trump doesn't work.
Clinton also played to the cameras and showed a flash of irreverent humor Friday... “Every day that goes by, this just becomes more of a reality television show,” she said. “It’s not a serious presidential campaign. And it is beyond one’s imagination to have a candidate for president praising a Russian autocrat like Vladimir Putin and throwing his lot in with him,” Clinton said.Well, that is attacking Trump. And what bad luck to do it like that on the very day when the Obama administration is announcing that it is throwing its lot in with Russia on Syria.