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Bill Kristol: Hillary's Book Tour Will Hurt Her in 2016

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:15 PM

Hillary Clinton's publicity blitz for her newly published memoir will end up hurting her popularity, says Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard.

"At the end of the day, there's going to be enough criticism of what she said and didn't say,'' Kristol told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"There are plenty of things she's got in the book or has said in the interviews promoting the book that were problematic for her.

"She will be worse off in the polls six weeks from now after this massive book tour, massive publicity, than she was starting off," he said Tuesday.

Among Clinton's errors, Kristol says, is her doubling down this week on her handling of the Benghazi bloodbath, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died.

"It's been her tendency throughout her political career. It's always been safer to kind of defend whatever position she's got,'' Kristol said.

"She's decided to try to defend her record as secretary of state, defend everything she said, never apologize, I guess that's kind of her motto.

"We'll see how that works. I'm a little doubtful that this whole book tour is going to be helpful to her on her prospects.''

Kristol says he does not believe Clinton's claim that she and her husband were nearly broke when they exited the White House after his second term.

"I guess she just thinks we're all so credulous and she's such a celebrity . . . that she can just go around saying these things. It's so artificial,'' Kristol said.

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He said Clinton may be trying to connect with Middle America by saying she was struggling financially.

"[But] her struggle was to buy two huge houses with an $8 million book deal . . . For all the glamor of Hillary Clinton . . . [it] is not clear that she's really a good politician.''

He remains unconvinced that Clinton is a shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

"She's been around a long time, and history does suggest that we like to nominate presidential candidates with some experience, but who are often pretty, fresh faces,'' Kristol said.

"[President Barack] Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, even [Ronald] Reagan. Reagan was first elected governor of California in '66, he gets elected president in 1980, 14 years later.

"Hillary Clinton has been on the national scene at least since '92, which will be, what, 24 years in 2016. Obviously she was the wife of the governor a decade before that. So, people are underestimating how tired the American public will get of Hillary.''

He said it should give Democrats pause for thought.

"If I were a Democrat and a liberal, I would think, really? This is like what we've been reduced to?'' he said.

"We have the wife of the former president from 20 years ago? Can't we have someone who's serving in the Senate or a governor who's in touch with current challenges and current problems?

"Do we really want someone who is so closely associated with the Obama administration's foreign policy? . . . She is more vulnerable than people believe."

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