After watching Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign launch speech, Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan came to the startling conclusion that, when it comes to applauding, Clinton supporters are doin’ it wrong.
It seemed to me to highlight some of her weaknesses as a campaigner; there was a rote quality to her speeches, a certain leaden quality, even the audience to me looked a little bit rote. They applauded at the right moment after the line that was delivered with perhaps an incorrect emphasis.
Do you know what I mean?
How can an audience be “rote”? And applauding wrong? Seriously? That’s all you have? Your top candidate – who you describe as “slump shouldered, shrugging, slightly defeated” – is so afraid of being connected to the Bush name that his campaign logo is a simple “Jeb!” and he’s been pretending not to be a candidate for so long in order to avoid campaign finance rules that his announcement this afternoon is like a bride buying the wedding dress after the wedding.
I guess we shouldn’t expect anything more than this sort of tripe from a woman who presumes to give the Pope advice about addressing climate change…
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