If Hillary showed her soul, we would probably see the pits of hell residing in there. It would not be a pretty sight. Yet, dems think this is the best route for her to take to win the election. They must be desperate.
Democratic senators, anxious over Hillary Clinton’s inability to pull away from Donald Trump, have some advice for their nominee: Be more open, show your soul, focus on the economy and talk about blue-collar jobs.
Recent polls show Trump within striking distance of Clinton in the presidential election, defying predictions in Washington that he is doomed in November.
The Republican nominee’s ability to stay competitive while running an unconventional campaign has underscored what Democratic lawmakers see as the need for Clinton to improve in certain areas.
These lawmakers, who served with Clinton in Congress and have known her for years, say her public persona is too guarded.
They struggle to reconcile the charismatic, warm and funny woman they know in private with Clinton’s public persona, which can come across as stern, aloof or annoyed.
Democratic senators say it’s natural for Clinton to put up her guard, because she has been the target of Republican attacks for decades. But they think she might benefit from relaxing a little more on the campaign trail.
“Her decades in this arena have taken their toll,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “When you’re hit a lot there’s almost an unconscious shield that controls the answers to your questions. I think she’s got to get rid of that and just let herself be.”
“Everybody that knows her loves her. They know her heart is full,” she added. “That’s what she ought to do, just take the shield away from the heart.”
Vice President Biden offered similar advice earlier in the week, calling on her to be “more open.”
Clinton has had the most difficulty connecting with white, working-class voters. A nationwide CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday showed Trump beating Clinton among white voters without college degrees, 66 percent to 23 percent.
Many of these voters question her trustworthiness.
The poll showed Trump leading Clinton by 2 points among likely voters nationwide, 45 percent to 42 percent. Voters gave Clinton a slightly higher unfavorable rating.
Biden thinks she can put those doubts to rest by being less guarded.
“Hillary knows it’s a problem, and she’s trying to figure out how to remedy it. And my advice to her, the best way to remedy it, is to talk about what you care about and talk about it with some passion,” he told CNN.
He advised her to “open up” and let voters “see your heart a little more.”
Some Senate Democrats think Biden’s right but caution that Clinton can’t pretend to be someone she’s not.
“It would be great if she showed her soul more, but she’s got to be comfortable and it has to be authentic,” said one senator, who requested anonymity to offer a frank assessment.
The lawmaker said Clinton is not a “soaring orator or a slap-you-on-the-shoulder politician likeJoe Biden” but nevertheless could act more naturally, like she often does in private settings with allies, donors and friends.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus criticized Clinton Wednesday as appearing angry and defensive during a national security forum hosted by NBC.
Clinton defended herself during a press conference Thursday, arguing her demeanor fit the subject matter.
“I had a very short window of time in that event last night to convey the seriousness with which I would approach the issues that concern our country,” she told reporters.