On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews led a panel bemoaning the 2016 presidential candidates, announced and otherwise, for focusing their energies on Hillary Clinton.
This is how Matthews, who was joined by Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, began his segment:
We begin with the legion of Republican presidential candidates, 19 at the latest count, that holds one abiding, unifying belief.
It’s that the best way to run for November 2016 is to bash Hillary Clinton in April 2015. It’s their number one pastime. They’re like a chorus of angels, even if angels are a heck of a lot nicer.
The panel also discussed a new book due out next month by former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
Fineman and Matthews had the following advice for Clinton on how to handle the book:
Fineman: She has to lay down the predicate that she just did which is this is the political season, that this is the kind of stuff you can expect, that this came out the day before she arrived in New Hampshire.
Matthews: This thing being this book.
Fineman: The book about selling access to the State Department. I think she should say, flat out in addition to what she said, that it’s baloney. And I would have liked to, if I were advising her, I would have told her to do that.
Matthews: Skip ahead to that step.
As The New York Times notes, “The book…asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The duo had another exchange attempting to dissect the GOP’s 2016 strategy.
Fineman: What do they have to do? They only thing they have to do is destroy Hillary’s character if they can.
Fineman: Early. Do it early and do it often. That is their strategy
Matthews: That’s their strategy. Get her while she’s starting.
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