Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to understand the problem she faces. The Washington Times reports, “Clinton aims to outflank Sanders on guns.”
With her lead over Sen. Bernard Sanders evaporating in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is turning to the issue of guns, hoping a spate of high-profile shootings will boost her campaign and drive a wedge between Mr. Sanders and the liberal voters he champions.
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday, Mrs. Clinton praised President Obama for going around Congress to try to expand background checks.
And a day earlier she collected the endorsement of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who was herself the victim of a mass shooting when a gunman attacked the outdoor town hall Ms. Giffords was holding in Tucson, Arizona.
“I’ve spent a lot of time around families that have lost kids or loved ones to gun violence, and there are just no words,” Mrs. Clinton told Ms. DeGeneres. “I was so proud of the president the other day when he said, ‘Hey, we have to do something to stop all of this gun violence. You send your first-grader to school, and you don’t expect to lose that child in a mass murder.’”
The issue of guns has dogged the Democratic campaign for months, dating back to the first debate, where Mr. Sanders, who hails from gun-friendly Vermont, was on the defensive for a 2005 vote to grant firearms manufacturers protection from lawsuits claiming they are responsible for shooting deaths.
If Clinton thinks that guns are going to help her she is being stupid. People don’t embrace Sanders because they agree with him on guns, and they don’t reject Hillary because they disagree with her on guns. They reject her because they massively distrust her. They think she is corrupt. They hear of her husband’s predatory behavior. All the liberal cliches seem hollow when they come from her lips. She has grown into a Democrat version of Bob Dole.
A single issue won’t giver her a real lead. Bernie Sanders isn’t credible, but he’s more appealing than Clinton.