A salvo of tweets this week savaging Republicans in Congress for allegedly working "against women" is Hillary Clinton's attempt to come across as a believable national candidate, and to shake off the private email debacle that now hangs over her presidential ambitions, says GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway.
"It's never been a better time to be a woman in this country, but it's going to be a tough time to be Hillary Clinton running for president," Conway told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV
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"Those tweets were very negative," Conway said of Clinton blaming Republican misogyny for a stalled Obama cabinet nominee, Loretta Lynch, and for a dispute over abortion-related language in a bill to combat human trafficking.
Conway said the social media barrage was also "part and parcel" of Clinton's awkward attempt last week to put a stop to questions about her use of personal email exclusively as secretary of State, and deciding for herself which correspondence to delete after she had left office.
Conway portrayed Clinton as a presidential hopeful "reading prepared notes from a binder and still flubbing her lines — a woman racked with self-doubt, it seems to to me, and really the opposite of what most female voters like in their candidates: transparency and openness, honesty and integrity, and really that connective tissue, that relatability that I don't think Mrs. Clinton — who makes $300,000 for a 30-minute speech —has in common with most women."
"Look, the war on women died in 2014," said Conway, founder and president of a company called the polling company inc., and a marketing research subsidiary, WomanTrend.
"All of these candidates doubling down on abortion and contraception — and throwing in minimum wage and pay equity for good measure — lost," she said. "And they alienated a lot of male voters. Mark Udall, the senator in Colorado, got 39 percent of the male vote after running the 'war on women' type campaign. And in Iowa, Bruce Braley, who lost to Joni Ernst — our hero these days — he got 40 percent of the male vote.
"So not only did it not attract female voters to run with this 'war on women' in 2014, it alienated a slew of male voters," she said.
Clinton still leads all would-be Democratic and Republican rivals by large margins, according to a CNN/ORC poll
conducted last week as Clinton was publicly addressing the email controversy.
But Conway said, "I don't buy that inevitability nonsense. It's been disproven again and again.
"The fact is, Hillary Clinton benefits from a little bit of, 'Come make history with me, first female president,' but women will come to realize that you're not just voting for a woman, you have to vote for that woman," she said, "and that woman comes with a whole history and legacy of positions and mishaps and really questionable dealings, and actions that most women, many women, won't like.
"It also is indicative of the fact that the Democrats have a very weak and thin bench," said Conway. "They really don't have a Plan B."
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