Surrogates Market Hillary's Emotion: Lots of 'Warmth' and 'Voice'

howardwolfson Surrogates Market Hillary's Emotion: Lots of 'Warmth' and 'Voice'Over the course of a conference call with Howard Wolfson, Terry McAuliffe and a number of high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters, some variation of the phrase "found her voice in New Hampshire" was used at least six times.

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez said it first, but it was repeated by McAuliffe, Wolfson and Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell. From Chuck Schumer we heard that Hillary is "in touch with what people need and want," from Cantwell that in the last two days before New Hampshire she saw the "passion" in Hillary, and that the candidate is "connecting and connecting with women."

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas noted that voters were "passionate, they were connected to the Clintons…they see her as having ideas and as being an inspiration." California Senator Dianne Feinstein added that "there is a great emotional connection between woman and Hillary."

And when asked later to elaborate on why how important "that moment" (that moment being, from now on, the moment Hillary cried), Feinstein said, "i think it showed the humanity and real warmth…[of] Hillary at her core." The Senator emphasized that it was "totally spontaneous" and added "that feeling coming out is really important, because we identify with it."

So this is the new Hillary Clinton. Forget the asbestos pantsuit, the woman who was "in it to win it."

Sure, she is still, as Cantwell said, "about the issues," but now she is talking "about the issues in her own voice," as the Senator added.

And sure, she still has huge amounts of establishment support, especially the superdelegates, as McAuliffe stressed, and the entire congressional delegation of New York, as Schumer pointed out.

But now we learn from Feinstein that she and Cantwell "know her very well…we know how she functions," before the Senator went on to make the previously mentioned comment about the "humanity and warmth" at Clinton’s "core."

The Clinton "machine" is now a factory of emotion. The campaign learned something from its very brief failure, and it looks like voters will be getting lots and lots and lots of the softer side of Hillary, heretofore unknown. As McAuliffe promised shortly before the call ended, "you’re going to see more of the Hillary you saw in New Hampshire."

Article continues below
More from Politics
STAR OF DAVID OR 'PLAIN STAR'?   If you thought "CP Time" was impolitic, on July 2 Donald Trump posted a picture on Twitter of a Star of David on top of a pile of cash next to Hillary Clinton's face. You'd think after the aforementioned crime stats incident (or after engaging a user called "@WhiteGenocideTM," or blasting out a quote from Benito Mussolini, or...) Trump would have learned to wait a full 15 seconds before hitting the "Tweet" button. But not only was the gaffe itself bad, the attempts at damage control made the BP oil spill response look a virtuoso performance.  About two hours after the image went up on Trump's account, somebody took it down and replaced it with a similar picture that swapped the hexagram with a circle (bearing the same legend "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!"!). Believe it or not, it actually got worse from there. As reports arose that the first image had originated on a white supremacist message board, Trump insisted that the shape was a "sheriff's star," or "plain star," not a Star of David. And he continued to sulk about the coverage online and in public for days afterward, even when the media was clearly ready to move on. This refusal to just let some bad press go would haunt him later on.
Donald Trump More Or Less Says He’ll Keep On Tweeting as President