Steve usually hits the ball out of the park. But his April 2 tome “Leave Chelsea Alone” misses the mark a country mile. Why? This Obama supporter thinks the standard by which we measure appropriate candidate questions is all over the park when it comes to this year’s unusual primary contest. Because using Bill Clinton’s own yardstick for campaign Q&A almost nothing is off-limits. While Hillary’s surrogates fan out across the country and make inappropriate remarks, even as she’s losing, Bill says keep it all going, and, in effect, “if you suit up for football you’d best expect to get hit,” or similar words.
Chelsea is a fine young lady, and her inner turmoil must’ve been hell when dad turned an intern into a humidor. But she put herself out there on the campaign trail. And truth be known, millions of Americans would like to know how Chelsea and Hillary could even look at the president after he did what he did in the Oval. Be fair: How many of your friends or associates have asked themselves the same question?
And who bases a presidential primary vote on Chelsea’s answers anyway?
Evan Strange wasn’t rude. He was clairvoyant, however, using Bill’s new public Q&A standard to quiz Chelsea. A day before Bill made the pronouncement. The question was fair. Chelsea did her best to sidestep it, and so it goes.
Look, it’s a presidential campaign. In her dad’s words, if she’s going to suit up and play political football, she’d better be ready to get hit. All in all, her campus tour has been a media softball.