Michelle Obama was endlessly quoted when she told America during her speech at the Democratic National Convention, “When they go low, we go high.” It was an uplifting moment for Democrats, who like to think of themselves as elevated emissaries of love and positivity.
Unfortunately for them, Michelle Obama’s seven words are bunk, spin, shameless propaganda. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have run one of the lowest campaigns in electoral history, employing dirty tricks, cynically pandering and mudslinging their way to Nov. 8.
Nowhere is that more evident than in a campaign commercial for Clinton, which uses one of the most divisive political ads in America’s history as a backdrop. And it all managed to catch one desperate Democrat “journalist” unaware and unprepared on MSNBC.
The scene was an episode of “Hardball,” the Chris Matthews show that’s generally a softball session if you’re part of the liberal coterie. However, for once, liberal columnist Jonathan Capehart did not receive the lob over the plate he was expecting.
In a discussion about the tone of the Clinton effort to rally supporters, Capehart said, “I’m the nerd sitting at my desk watching these campaign rallies, and she does have a hopeful message. The problem is, it’s being drowned out by, like that–”
That’s when Matthews and his panelists couldn’t hold their fire. They interrupted Capehart’s spin cycle and MSNBC showed this explosive (literally) new ad from Hillary Clinton:
The “daisy ad,” for those of you who don’t know, is generally considered the most infamous political commericial in presidential campaign history. Run during the 1964 election by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign, it showed a girl picking the petals off a daisy, followed by an ominous countdown and a nuclear explosion.
The ad, which was meant to prey on fears that Republican nominee Sen. Barry Goldwater would start a nuclear war, was so controversial and inflammatory that it ran only once during the election… but it’s been talked about ever since.
While effective at the time, it’s become shorthand for fear-mongering and brazen demagoguery in political advertising and discourse.
Or, as Hillary Clinton likes to call it, something right up in her wheelhouse.
Here was how it went down on the set of “Hardball.”
“Okay, that was uplifting campaign of Hillary Clinton,” Matthews quipped.
“Right, right, but also, that ad, it sort of like cancels out what I said before, but I would argue back, that you’ve got to do both things at once,” Capehart sputtered, trying to regain his balance.
Ah, right. “Do both things at once.” Translation: pretend you’re taking the high road, all the while traveling in the mud, mire and dirt of the low road.
Capehart, it’s worth pointing out, is associated with The Washington Post, a publication which has gleefully thrown away whatever credibility they’ve earned during their 139 years of publishing to become a version of Think Progress in newsprint.
This, however, is nothing new for Hillary’s campaign. It feels like a lifetime ago, but it’s only been eight years since she had infamously said that Barack Obama wasn’t Muslim “as far as I know.” The WikiLeaks emails have revealed that this is the Hillary Clinton that is still alive and kicking. She’s willing to not only take the low road, but to actively scout out even lower roads in order to win, while pretending to be the candidate who stays above it all.
Now, she’s raising the specter of nuclear war in order to scare people away from voting for Donald Trump. This is what her campaign has been reduced to. She claims her opponent is inspiring fear, and then releases an ad that does that and then some.
Don’t fall for it, America. All Hillary Clinton has is bitterness, scare tactics and shopworn ideas. That can’t inspire a population — that can’t run a nation.