CNN’s Smerconish Predicts Hillary’s Numbers Will Rise at ‘Mere Mention’ of Lewinsky’s Name
New Saturday morning host Michael Smerconish made his CNN debut Monday night on OutFront with Erin Burnett and this afternoon he was back on the air with Wolf Blitzer, doing some 2016 prognosticating with a mere 21 months to go before that presidential election. But unlike some pundits, who think recent revelations about how Hillary Clinton handled her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky could hurt her presidential chances, Smerconish argued just the opposite.
Asked by Blitzer if the Lewinsky issue, recently raised by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others makes Clinton “vulnerable,” Smerconish said, “I think it plays well for a primary audience, but I don’t think it grows the tent one iota for a general election.”
“Why, if you were an opponent of Hillary Clinton, would you ever want to bring it up?” Smerconish asked. “All it does is reinforce a very sympathetic portrayal of the former first lady. I’m sure her numbers rise at the mere mention of Monica Lewinsky’s name.”
“People are acting as if this is news because she spoke ill of Lewinsky,” he added, in reference to an article from the Washington Free Beacon. “News would be if Hillary Clinton said something complimentary about the woman who carried on a relationship with her husband.”
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