The old rule of thumb was you don’t talk about religion orpolitics in polite company. But in presidential politics, nothingis off limits and nothing is sacred. Not even the Thanksgivingdinner table.
Hillary Clinton is offering supporters a guide to talking toRepublican relatives at their holiday table.
Sign up and weâ€™ll sendyou a guide to winning your Thanksgiving table debate: https://t.co/IPQg6CYgzM
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November25, 2015
After you enter your email address you are first offered theoption to donate to her campaign. If you decline and close thewindow you are emailed a link to post on her campaign websiteentitled, “How to win a Thanksgiving debate with Republicans:Tips from Hillary Clintonâ€™s communicationsteam.”
The post is subtitled, “Talking points for theconservative cousin who wants to know if Hillary wears awig,” a reference to stories popularized by Matt Drudge that Hillary Clintonwears a wig on the campaign trail.
So what does Team Hillary think will win debates with GOP familymembers? The post starts, “Thanksgiving dinner inevitablycomes with a side of uncomfortable political conversation.Christina Reynolds, Hillaryâ€™s deputy director ofcommunications, is here to help with some answers to your FAQs(Familyâ€™s Awkward Questions).”
First on the list of FAQs is the wig question. “RushLimbaugh says Hillary Clinton wears a wig. Is that true?”
As Hillary herself has noted on a number of occasions, while thecolor may not be real, the hair is.
Next comes a question on her record, “What the heck hasHillaryÂ even done, anyway?”
The real question is,whatÂ hasnâ€™tÂ shedone? She was a leader in the Senate and the Obama administration,for starters. As a senator from New York, she helped secure $20billion in federal aid to rebuild after 9/11 and to care forresponders. She helped create the Childrenâ€™sHealth Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers more than 8 millionkids and cut the childrenâ€™s uninsured rate inhalf. She negotiated a 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas assecretary of state.
As Marco Rubio put it, â€œif this election is aresume competition, then Hillary Clinton is going to be the nextpresident.â€
Third comes the gender card, though not in the form of aquestion. “I just don’t think America is ready for awoman president.”
Really? So you donâ€™t think America is readyfor a president with four decades of experience fighting forfamilies and children? Thatâ€™s a shame.
Fourth is a swipe at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. “OK, soDonald Trump is too much. But the other guys have some goodideas.”
To steal a line from Hillary, the rest of the Republican fieldis just Trump without the pizzazz or the hair.Theyâ€™veÂ proposedÂ massivetax cuts for the top 1 percent and theyâ€™rebending over backward to say extreme things that appeal to therightest end of the right wing. Frankly, thereâ€™snot much daylight between the Republican candidates at all.
Fifth is about Planned Parenthood, another statement.“I’m sick of her defending PlannedParenthood.”
Hillary believesâ€”just like millions ofAmericans doâ€”that women should have the right tomake their own health care decisions. And Planned Parenthood is avital provider of womenâ€™s health care.
Sixth is another gender issue. “Why does she keep talkingabout equal pay and other ‘women’sissues’?”
Equal pay, paid leave, and child care are notâ€œwomenâ€™sissuesâ€â€”theyâ€™reeconomic issues. Beyond the fact that itâ€™s justnot right that women make 78 cents on average for every dollar thatmen make (and that women of color lose out even more), Hillarywants to close the gender wage gap because when women make lessthan men, their families (and our economy) pay a price.
The seventh and final talking point is another gender question.“Do you really think she can be agrandmotherÂ and the president?”
The final answer:
Youâ€™re joking, right?Â Since youasked, at leastÂ a dozenÂ U.S. presidents werealso grandparents.
Now get yourself a second helping of yams and stop asking sillyquestions.