As the Hillary Clinton 2016 election machine begins to wind its gears, political watchers everywhere are reminded that the Clintons are still at the top of their game. In a Sept. 22 interview published in New York Magazine, Clinton projects a warm, relaxed persona. She says she is merely relaxing with her husband who she hasn't really seen for four years while she was Secretary of State. She tells Joe Hagan:
“We get to be at home together a lot more now than we used to in the last few years,” says Hillary Clinton. “We have a great time; we laugh at our dogs; we watch stupid movies; we take long walks; we go for a swim.
There is no news here per se: she says she is not in a hurry to make a decision about 2016. Yes, she has managed once again to get attention for a non-announcement of a 2016 run, which she has done many times before. They are just that good.
This little media extravaganza was not just a feature column about her retirement. Of course, everyone knows that she is running, and this New York Magazine piece served to accomplish something that the Clintons wanted to accomplish. It was, in essence, from the arsenal of their well-used trial balloons.
Those who are too young to remember the former Clinton years will not recall all the trial balloons that got floated out of Washington during those eight years. Many people didn't realize the ploy at the time, and that is why it was so successful. To adequately understand the Clinton ways, an understanding of trial balloons is compulsory.
Bill and Hillary Clinton and their circle of power in the White House were a hotbead of political genius. If there was any negative story coming out which threatened their success, they leaked it themselves to the press in a way that reflected favorably on them. Sometimes, if they were contemplating a controversial action, they would float a trial balloon to see what the reaction would be. If it polled negatively, they could always distance themselves from it, or vice versa. The leaks were never attributed to the Clintons, but their fingerprints were usually all over them.
So, what did the Clintons accomplish with this article in the New York Magazine? Tucked in among the seven pages of "Gee, shucks, Bubba and I are just playing with the dogs," is one little blip about Anthony Weiner that explains the whole thing:
With Weiner’s ignominious loss and parting bird-flip, “Huma has a choice to make,” says a close associate of hers. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?”
This followed close behind quotes from an interview with one of Hillary Clinton's aides which was sanctioned by Clinton.The aide discussed the problem with people associated with the Clintons doing stupid things. The article continues, appearing to still be part of the same sanctioned interview, saying that the major discussion in the campaign is what is going to happen with Huma Abedin.
That is what this whole New York Magazine story is about. The Clintons are seeking to distance themselves from Anthony Weiner without appearing to throw their long-time friend, Huma Abedin, under the bus. Of course, Weiner was their long-time friend, too, but that bus has already left the parking lot.
So, astute readers will sort through the seven pages of fluff to find the real purpose of the interview on page 6. And, it's not even something that can be linked to Hillary Clinton. Yes, they really are that good.
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