Hamilton: Donald and Hillary, here’s some free advice
August 12, 2016
To win, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump need to: 1. Stay with the issues that got them nominated. 2. Develop additional issues that appeal to a wider range of people — the people who don't pay attention to political primaries, but might vote in the General Election. Neither Hillary nor Donald have asked for my advice; nevertheless, here goes:
Debates: Hillary, you don't want guys watching you debate Donald. Schedule the debates during NFL football games. Donald, you need all the guy voters you can get. Get the debates scheduled during "The Good Wife" or "Divorce Court."
Gold Star Parents: Donald, stopping dissing Gold Star parents, even those bought and paid for by the Saudis and Hillary's campaign. Benghazi Gold Star Parents: Hillary, either fess up about what you told the Benghazi parents or avoid this subject entirely. Donald, play the videos and the transcripts showing Hillary telling the Benghazi parents that a video killed their sons.
Economy: Hillary, you cannot run on President Obama's dismal economic record. Instead, get Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Meg Whitman to talk about better job opportunities for women. Donald, talk about your businesses that survived. Not about your businesses that failed.
The Global War on Terror: Hillary, as secretary of state, you blew it in Benghazi, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, and Russia. So, change the subject. Donald, you don't know anything about foreign/military policy except what you hear on the Sunday shows. Shift the subject to foreign trade. Talk about bringing jobs and investment capital back to America.
Environment: Hillary, keep telling your enviro-base how you oppose the Keystone pipeline, fracking, and about your plan to stamp out Black Lung Disease. Donald, put on a hard hat. Do TV remotes from down in the mines of W. Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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Health Care: Hillary, your own health-care plan (1993-1994) drew zero Democrat votes in Congress. Stop defending ObamaCare. Donald, offer a better alternative.
Data Security: Hillary, without President Obama, you'd be in jail. Blame Huma and other subordinates. Donald, talk about the poor military slobs who lost their careers over careless handling of sensitive information. Donald, stop tweeting!
Education: Hillary, either stop touting federal control of education via Common Core or invent a different name for Common Core. Donald, you only went to a military high school and then attended an elite private business school. You don't know much about public schools.
Social issues: Hillary, Planned Parenthood gave you the Margaret Sanger Award. Give back that award before the African-Americans find out. Donald, your record on pro-life vs. pro-choice is muddled. To hold the Evangelicals, you need to get "born again."
Personality traits: Donald, stop being such a loud-mouth Putz. (See Yiddish dictionary.) Instead, put your much-more-likable children out in front. Hillary, your put-on southern accent is terrible and shrieking in your normal accent doesn't make you sound tough. Think Margaret Thatcher or Eleanor Roosevelt. Hillary, put Bill out in front. He is likable. You, not so much.
Free advice is usually worth what you pay for it. But, if adopted, maybe this free advice might prevent some viewers from shot-gunning their TV screens.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame, and is a recipient of the University of Nebraska 2015 Alumni Achievement Award. He was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the Army Language School, the George Washington University, the Infantry School, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.