It may seem odd for someone as tone deaf as Hillary Clinton to open up her campaign for president with a “listening tour.”
But, apparently, that’s just what Hillary plans to do. Taking a page from their old playbook, Hillary Clinton’s top advisors have structured a “listening tour” for her, taking her coast to coast to “listen” to experts and advisors on a host of issues.
Just like she did in July of1999. That “listening tour” was designed to convince New York voters that she was not a opportunistic carpetbagger who only moved to New York so she could run for a Senate seat.
Of course she wasn’t. She’s always loved New York.
But the latest listening tour will be a lot different. First, it’s “unofficial,” according to the The New York Times.
Translation: Its a “listening tour” that will be conducted in private. Hillary doesn’t want anyone listening to either what she says or what she hears (much less writing about it)
This will allow her to be visible, but inaccessible, seen but not heard. The perfect Hillary Clinton model.
According to Hillary’s advisers, who leaked the plans, the “listening tour” will give her an opportunity to meet privately with a wide range of “influential people” throughout the country and tap their brains for advice and ideas for her Presidential campaign.
Those would be the people she’s worried about jumping ship after her disastrous book roll-out, her serious gaffes about being “dead broke” and “business don’t create jobs” and the mid-term debacle.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Don’t expect the press to be invited. Its unlikely that there will be the usual town meetings she so loves. The ones that are carefully scripted and keep the press at bay. No, this time it will be behind closed doors. No pest questions or quotes that won’t go away.
The “tour” will give her high visibility with low accessibility. She’ll be seen flying from place to place, aides in tow, ready to learn the important lessons of the day.
MAYBE SHE CAN “LISTEN” TO WHERE JOBS COME FROM
Aides say that she will meet with members of the business community, labor unions, and others.
Maybe she can meet with a few leading corporate leaders and “listen” to an economic primer about who actually creates jobs. It’s not the job fairy, Hillary. And maybe she could also meet with some unemployed folks and figure out what “dead broke” actually means. It doesn’t usually allow for purchasing homes valued at over $5 million. Think more like not having anything to eat. Then there’s some of the families of the dead heroes of Benghazi. They have some ideas for Hillary.
WILL SHE “LISTEN” TO HOW DISASTROUS OBAMACARE IS?
She could finish up the tour by meeting with some of the 300,000 members of Unite Here, the union representing workers from the textile, manufacturing, and food services industry. They could discuss the union’s unequivocal lambasting of Obamacare in its report. The Irony of Obamacare: Making Income Inequality Worse that documents how Obamacare has caused part-time work, lower wages, higher premium costs – all “exacerbating” income equality for its members.
No way she’ll be talking to any of those folks. It seems she’ll be seeking advice from those who are already singing in the choir, like Texas consultant Roy Spence, who produced many effective ads for both Clintons over the the past thirty years. And she’ll stop to see her former campaign aide, Minyon Moore, whose talked about as a possible campaign manager.
Remember Moore? She’s been an adviser to Hillary since the Clinton White House days. The Washington Post reported that federal court filings indicated that she” personally sought and secured the funding for what prosecutors say was an illegal shadow operation to boost Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, according to court papers released as part of a wide-ranging campaign finance investigation.”
PHOTO-OPS ALL SET: HILLARY CARRYING YELLOE LEGAL PAD AND LOOKING SERIOUS!
Be prepared to see images of a serious and hard-working Hillary Clinton. Hillary’s handlers have already figured out the optics for the tour and shamelessly described the image they intend to create to The New York Times:
“She’ll slow down a bit, get off the radar and get ready for this, and ready includes
being a good freshman Senator, with a legal pad and lots of conversations,” said
one person with direct knowledge of her plans.”
So look for the yellow legal pads. They’re a sign that she is completely serious.