Stephen Colbert used his new pulpit on The Late Show to lob criticism at Hillary Clinton on Friday, mocking her campaign’s effort to portray her as “authentic.” He began by pointing to the possible entry of Vice President Joe Biden into the race:
I think one of the reasons that everybody likes the vice president is that, when you see that man, it really feels like your seeing a genuine authentic person whose giving an honest version of themselves.
Which is why a lot of people are worried about former future president Hillary Clinton. At the beginning of the summer, everyone thought she was inevitable. But right now, in New Hampshire, she’s 11 points behind Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, proving that even people in New Hampshire can’t tell the difference between their state and Vermont.
Colbert offered his advice to the campaign:
I personally just think she needs to show more humor and heart and rely less on what her aides are saying, which is why I was so excited to see this headline: “Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say.” So that’s good. That’s good.
Hillary’s handlers now promise, “… new efforts to bring spontaneity to [her] candidacy…” And they are off to a great start with the spontaneous run in they had with a Times reporter to spontaneously explain their plans for spontaneity.
Humor, heart, and spontaneity may not be in Clinton’s wheelhouse. Efforts to portray her has heartfelt and warm crash against the rocks of her rigid persona. Indeed, it’s fair to say that Clinton has been genuine and authentic. What we see is what she’s like.