Does Clinton think some workers are lazy and shouldn’t be entitled to, say, family and medical leave or affordable daycare? That sure is what she seems to suggest. Again and Again.

Hillary Clinton never, ever says the word “families” without prefacing it with the adjective “hardworking.”  It’s downright Pavlovian.  And every time I hear her say “families”—which is often—and therefore “hardworking” in reference to families, I wonder whether she’s dividing workers into hardworking ones and ones who slough off their work onto their colleagues, or something.

It’s right up there with children’s right to fulfill their God-given potential.  Thank God.

Joking aside, this is the kind of thing that reminds people of Clinton’s worst attribute as a candidate: that she seems never to say anything that has not been vetted or suggested by one or another of her many very-highly-paid consultants.

Every adjective, every phrase, is straight from some list of consultant-suggested words or phrases.  These two, “hardworking” and “God-given”, date—surprise!—to the ‘90s.  She’s too programmed—too clueless, really—to recognize that this stuff gets in the way of her actually communicating about her policy proposals.

If she’s talking about policies that would apply only to working families, then she should say “working families.”  If she’s talking about families generally, then she should just say “families”. She’ll sound less like a Chatty Cathy doll.

But that would require the mental agility to recognize the nature of the political moment we’re in, not the one we were in 20 years ago.  Or even eight years ago.  It also probably would require her to ditch most of the consultants.  And think all by herself.

I’ve just given her some very good advice.  I’ll send her a bill.

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Okay. This is my last Clinton-bashing post here for a while.  I’ve just burned out on it.

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