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Ed Klein: Hillary May Rally in Debate; But Aides Fear 'Meltdown'

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By    |   Monday, 12 Oct 2015 02:02 PM

Hillary Clinton's advisers believe Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate will be her big "comeback" after months of sliding in the polls — but they also worry she could suffer a "serious meltdown" on live TV, bestselling political writer Edward Klein says.

"They predict that the media will declare her the winner of the debate and portray her as the comeback kid," Klein writes on his blog Ed Klein Confidential.

"What's more, they tell me that Hillary's performance in the debate could very well mark the beginning of her unstoppable march to the Democratic nomination."

The former secretary of state has been mired in an email scandal and is facing further scrutiny by the GOP-led Benghazi committee.

Klein — author of "Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary," published by Regnery — doesn't believe the optimistic take by Clinton's aides is spin.

"I think they may be on to something. To begin with, Hillary's recent appearance on Saturday Night Live may be her last stab at trying to appear charming and likeable—a persona that has never fit her pugnacious personality," Klein says.

"Since then, she has reverted to form and taken off the gloves. Over the past two weeks, she has slammed the Benghazi hearings as nothing more than a Republican instigated political witch-hunt aimed at suppressing her poll numbers."

"She's bashed the Supreme Court and the National Rifle Association over the Second Amendment. She's thumbed her nose at Barack Obama by coming out against one of the president's major foreign-policy goals—the Trans-Pacific Partnership."

As well, her opposition research team has been collecting dirt on Vice President Joe Biden, which she is prepared to release to the media if Biden enters the nominating race, according to Klein.

"Hillary's always at her most effective when her back is to the wall," one of her longtime political advisers tells Klein.

"After weeks of pounding and pummeling by the press, she's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore."

One campaign aide tells Klein that the campaign has been wrought with tension because of Clinton's rocky road to the nomination.

"Hillary's been having screaming, child-like tantrums that have left staff members in tears and unable to work," the campaign aide says.

"She thought the nomination was hers for the asking, but her mounting problems have been getting to her and she's become shrill and, at times, even violent."

In one incident, Klein reports, Hillary berated a low-level campaign worker for making a scheduling mistake.

"When the girl had the nerve to turn her back on Hillary and walk away, Hillary grabbed her arm and twisted it. Bill Clinton and Hillary's campaign team are concerned that her anger may spin out of control in public. They have been trying to calm her down," he says.

"They are concerned that she could have a serious meltdown in front of TV cameras, which would make her look so out of control that voters would decide she doesn't have the temperament to be commander in chief."

"They also fear that she could work herself into a tizzy and have another fainting spell, which would instantly doom her candidacy."

Their goal, Klein says, is to "channel her anger" and make her focus on Republicans.
"We're having some success in giving her some chill pills," a campaign adviser tells Klein.

"She's beginning to understand that she can use her righteous anger and indignation to good effect. After all, her anger is in keeping with the mood of the American electorate."

Get Ed Klein's latest reports on his new blog EdwardKlein.com.

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