There are two statements that lead me to believe the Clinton campaign is falling apart, flailing desperately, and likely to collapse completely even before South Carolina, except that the media (both mainstream and social) seem far more interested in the debacle of the Republican’s walking onto the stage at their debate. Admittedly, it was comical, and many people who saw it probably flashed back to an embarrassing moment in Junior High, but it was just a screw-up on the part of the network.
Also, the two statements came from Clinton surrogates and not Clinton herself (she’s having a run of bad luck with her surrogates lately -note also Chelsea’s ‘President Sanders’ Freudian slip), but still…taken together they show different angles of Clinton’s main message, which is ‘vote for me, I’m a woman,’ and they didn’t show it in a good light.
First, there was feminist icon (full respect for that, I’m not being snarky) Gloria Steinem, with her “Young women who support Sanders are just doing it for the boys.”
Then, there was Madelaine Albright, who said “There’s a special circle of hell for women who don’t help other women” and since she was standing right next to Clinton at a Clinton rally when she said it, it’s pretty clear she meant “Vote for Hillary or you’re going to hell.” This is bad because it’s voter intimidation, sure, but more because it’s a Republican talking point.
Steinem has since apologized for her statement. Albright hasn’t, yet.
We will see what, if any effect these statements had, and we’ll probably see it as early as Tuesday. I can’t imagine the women of New Hampshire are impressed.