7 OF HILLARY CLINTON’S STANCES THAT COULD COME BACK TO HAUNT HER
While Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is devoting more energy to fending off the increasingly popular Bernie Sanders, centrist Democrats remain confident that she has what it takes to win the nomination—and the election—this year. Still, the Democratic candidate has provided her opponents with their fair share of ammunition over the years.
- •More tasty nuggets for HillaryIt seemed likely that Hillary would one day regret saying “I want those nuggets, gimme gimme all your tasty little nuggets” after she uttered it in a speech back in 2009. Now that she’s finally having to answer for demanding “more slippery little nuggets for hungry Hillary” seven years ago, we’ll see if voters are willing to forgive her for it.
- •The man who is stuck in the well should stay in the wellThere’s just no doubt about it: People want that man out of that well, and anyone who has ever said otherwise has a big target on their back.
- •A fistfight between friends is technically a small warThe only stance Hillary has taken on war is this one, and if it resurfaces, Americans—especially those who have just brawled—will be upset.
- •Go to prisonAt the 1996 New Hampshire primaries, Hillary delivered the shortest and fiercest speech of her career: “Go to prison.” Twenty years later, this hard-line stance is less popular than ever. Americans don’t want to go to prison.
- •A revived American economy rests on the shoulders of oxenThe Great Recession brought out a litany of strident pronouncements for fixing the economy, but Hillary’s emphatic statement that “only the power of the mighty ox” could possibly buoy the spiraling dollar simply did not bear out. Again and again, her opponents have seized on this viewpoint to hammer her fiscal sensibilities.
- •The Power Rangers are siblingsHillary hadn’t seen a single episode of the hit children’s TV program before making the extraordinary claim that all five original Power Rangers and Tommy the Green Ranger are siblings, and that the gas man Zordon is their father. Series creator Haim Saban has since clarified that the Power Rangers are from separate families who are at war with one another.
- •The 1 percent should be allowed in Six Flags an hour early so they don’t have to wait for ridesLong accused of being an ally of America’s financial elite, Hillary probably wishes she could sweep some of her old policy decisions under the rug, namely a vote on a 2004 bill that supported exclusive early access to Six Flags rides for high-income individuals on the grounds that “working-class animosity toward [their] lawfully earned prosperity” could pose a safety threat.