THE COUNTER-CORO­NA­TION CON­TIN­UES

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s strate­gists con­tinue to present their can­di­date as the “cham­pion” of ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans — the fa­vorite in cof­fee shops and din­ers across the heart­land. Or some­thing like that. But wait. We’ve seen this be­fore. Demo­cratic strate­gist David Ax­el­rod re­cast then-can­di­date Barack Obama as “no-drama Obama” dur­ing the 2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign af­ter Repub­li­cans crit­i­cized the pre­sump­tu­ous trim of his cam­paign.

His­tory and strat­egy re­peat. An in-house memo from Mrs. Clin­ton’s new cam­paign manager, Robby Mook, ad­vised the Clin­ton team, “We are hum­ble. … We are guided by Hil­lary’s bedrock val­ues of hard work, ser­vice, fair­ness, and faith in the Amer­i­can Dream.” Such kin­der and gen­tler ways have not al­ways been the case, how­ever.

Jour­nal­ists have tracked Mr. Mook for months fol­low­ing ABC News rev­e­la­tions that his pri­vate emails to 150 Clin­ton cam­paign vet­er­ans sported a dis­tinct “ag­gres­sive tone,” this ac­cord­ing to Rick Klein, ABC’s po­lit­i­cal direc­tor. “They in­clude ral­ly­ing cries to, in Mook’s words, ‘smite Repub­li­cans mafia-style,’” and the group is known as the “Mook Mafia,” Mr. Klein said in his re­view of the emails, ob­tained in Novem­ber from an anony­mous Demo­cratic staffer.

The take­away? Yes, the na­tion’s vot­ers could be sub­ject of a new Hil­lary brand that projects wis­dom, calm, au­then­tic­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence. But it will be an ag­gres­sive trans­la­tion, and from a team that has “smite” in its vo­cab­u­lary.

“Hil­lary Clin­ton’s record of fail­ure as Sec­re­tary of State dis­qual­i­fies her from the pres­i­dency. Her views are in­dis­tin­guish­able from Pres­i­dent Obama’s, which is a con­tin­u­ing pre­scrip­tion for Amer­i­can decline and de­feat. Iran, Syria, ISIS, Benghazi, Rus­sia — the list goes on and the one com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor is Hil­lary Clin­ton,” de­clares John Bolton, for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions. are peo­ple. Only 16 per­cent think that fe­tuses are not peo­ple. A ma­jor­ity of ev­ery de­mo­graphic group be­lieves that fe­tuses are peo­ple, though Democrats and peo­ple who earn over $80,000 a year (both 56 per­cent) are the least likely to say that fe­tuses are peo­ple,” Mr. Moore writes. man­aged to re­turn the war­rior ca­nine to his beloved hu­man coun­ter­part.

Matty and Brent are bound for the of­fices of Repub­li­cans Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham plus Rep. Gus Bili­rakis and Richard Hud­son, along with Demo­crat Sen. Claire McCaskill to share their story. They also will demon­strate to the law­mak­ers that cer­tain as­pects of the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act and Robby’s Law — which pro­vides a pro­to­col for for­mer mil­i­tary han­dlers to even­tu­ally adopt their hero dogs — could be im­proved upon.

With them: coun­try mu­sic su­per­star Naomi Judd, Amer­i­can Hu­man As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Robin Ganz­ert, and U.S. Marine Corps Cor­po­ral Jeff DeYoung and Cena, the dog who saved his life in Afghanistan — and also the cen­ter of an­other joy­ful re­u­nion.

PHE­LIM MCALEER

“Fer­gu­son,” a play based en­tirely on Grand Jury tes­ti­mony sur­round­ing the shoot­ing death of Michael Brown, de­buts in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day.

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