It has not been a good month for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
It all started when the former first lady said in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer that she and Bill Clinton were "dead broke" when they left the White House in January 2001: a statement that clearly disagreed with the facts, and certainly came off just a tiny bit insensitive at a time when the bulk of the nation can far more accurately be described as "dead broke" (even when accounting for the harsh winter weather). She followed it up by telling Britain’s Guardian newspaper that the couple isn’t "truly well off."
So now it is damage control. As Bloomberg reports, "Hillary Clinton will test today whether she can still drive home a populist message, even after handing critics in both parties an argument that she’s lost touch with the public. She’ll speak in Denver at a Clinton Global Initiative forum on “economic justice,” just as she tries to rebound from a round of comments in which she suggested that she and former President Bill Clinton aren’t really rich."
At least hypocrisy knows some bonds and the forum isn't called "economic injustice."
But what likely hurt her attempt to appear as "one of us" namely the peasant proletariat (despite her bank account), are comments by her daughter Chelsea, who as a reminder is married to a hedge funder, whose turn it is now to insist she isn’t “well-off” according to a recent interview, in which she claims she couldn't care less about money.
"I was curious if I could care about (money) on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t,” she told Fast Company in an interview that ran in the magazine's May edition, explaining why she gave up lucrative gigs to join her family’s philanthropic foundation.