Note to Mark Penn: Get rid of Madeleine Albright. Bill Clinton’s 70-year-old Secretary of State sat stone-faced behind Hillary Clinton last night as she spoke following her third place finish in Iowa’s caucuses. Albright signifies the past. That is a place that voters want a clean break from.
The former First Lady already faces a tough road in persuading people that she represents the best agent of change.
Sure, Albright’s foreign service prowess lends a measure of gravitas to the Clinton camp. Hillary--based on her extensive travels during the Clinton White House--has been passing herself off as an international affairs pro.
She has more overseas mileage credits than Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, John Edwards and Mike Huckabee combined. Mrs. Clinton should stand on that record. Grandmother-like Albright is more off a crutch than an asset to people hungering for fresh insights and faces. She has to go.
Penn, Clinton’s top advisor and Burson-Marsteller CEO, also should tell Democratic money man Terry McAuliffe to take a hike.
The New York Times photo today of a choked-up Hillary apparently confiding to the ultimate insider McAuliffe provides rich fodder for rivals such as Edwards and the Huck who vow to clean up Washington.
The Clinton campaign is now in full crisis mode. Bill Clinton has been dispatched to New Hampshire, where he is fondly remembered as the “Comeback Kid.” His mission is to salvage Hillary’s campaign.
This blogger is a huge fan of the former President who was responsible for the strong economic growth of the `90s. There are a lot of good memories of the Clinton White House. That’s the problem. Voters aren’t interested in memories. They are looking to the future.
Bill looked a little old and worn out last night. He is the past. It’s best to let Hillary sink or swim on her own. That would be a solid break from the past, and the ultimate test for Hillary.