Allow Hillary Clinton to Reintroduce Herself

February 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton, one of the most famous women in the world since 1992, has had to "reintroduce herself" over and over to voters to account for her campaign struggles, a new SuperCut shows.

The implication, of course, is that the American people, who view her nearly 10 points more unfavorably than favorably and generally find her dishonest, just don't "get" Clinton. Her latest presidential campaign launched last April, and MSNBC reported she aimed to "re-introduce herself on the trail." It was such a bust at the beginning that she had to relaunch the campaign two months later, and the CBS headline on her speech was humorously similar to MSNBC's.

The press, not surprisingly, has been quite happy to parrot her campaign lines about her attempt to retell her personal story. Newscasters proclaimed in February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October of last year that Hillary was trying to "reintroduce herself" to the American people.

In July, New York Times correspondent Mark Leibovich penned an article with the tongue-in-cheek headline "Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton," writing:

Clinton’s friends, all the thousands of them, have been saying for years that they wished people could see the Hillary They Knew, the person few get to see behind her public casing: the great boss, the chatty girlfriend, always the first to call when a parent dies or a baby is born.

Her campaign has not succeeded in doing this. After she answered a town hall question Wednesday night about gratitude, Clinton communications aide Jennifer Palmieri tweeted mournfully that Americans don't see enough of this side of her.

Then on Thursday, in her preview of the first one-on-one debate between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell remarked that Clinton has one more chance to "reintroduce herself" to the voters of New Hampshire, where she is trailing Sanders in the polls.

Clinton has plenty of history in New Hampshire. She won the Democratic primary there in 2008, and it's where her husband launched his political comeback with a solid finish in 1992.

Apparently, we still don't know her.