Halperin and Heilemann: Bill Clinton’s 90s Playbook Won’t Work for Hillary

Wednesday on Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect,” after listening to Clinton campaign spokesperson Karen Finney defending Hillary against the latest news that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter two years ago questioning the use of private emails, hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann agreed Clinton has a 1990s problem, saying “the resonance of the 90s may not work for her.”

Halperin said, “Karen Finney is a veteran Clinton spokesperson, but I watched that appearance this morning — almost everything out of her mouth of one of these Clinton classic counterattacks. The question is, will this playbook, will the elements of the Clinton playbook work?”

John Heilemann said, “There was a moment that I was  listening to her, I thought that I just walked out of a scene of Jerry Maguire in a padded shoulder suit and I was in like 1996. I think they are very good. There’s a reason they go back to those again and again, and it is because they have worked. There is no political family that has been in more trouble and yet it is a new age, when there are genuine substantive problems to confront, people may be tired of that. And the resonance of the 90s may not work for her.”

Halperin  agreed saying, “I think we’re in a different era now, not just because of social media, but because Hillary Clinton is not the political performer her husband is.”

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