Hillary Clinton as a Sock Puppet
Being a politics and news junkie, nightly I look in on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews on MSNBC at 7:00 p.m., following a channel surf of the three network news shows at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, January 20—four days before President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union speech—Senator Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president via a video on her Web site. The following Monday, Chris Matthews interviewed the Clinton campaign official spokesman, Howard Wolfson.
I had never heard of Wolfson before. He is a partner in a PR firm, the Glover Park Group, along with Joe Lockhart, who was President Bill Clinton’s White House Press Secretary. From the Glover Park Group manifesto:
We have been tested in the highest profile public policy and corporate battles of the last decade. A presidential impeachment. International trade disputes. Legislative battles. Mergers and acquisitions. Worldwide product launches. Our people have seen it all. From the White House podium to the corporate board room; from the campaign trail to the halls of Congress, we have learned what it takes to win. We know how to be cool headed under fire, rapid in our responses, and opportunistic when there is an opening. And we never lose sight of your larger objectives.
Howard Wolfson, 39, is bald with hair on his egg-shaped face. He reminded me a little of Yasser Arafat, but with none of Arafat’s charm or pixie humor.
Does anyone remember the great ventriloquist, Shari Lewis and the amazing work she did with a sweet, rather dim sock puppet named Lamb Chop?
I got the sense that Howard Wolfson—in showing off to Chris Matthews and his viewing audience how smart he was—wants to position himself as Shari Lewis to Hillary Clinton’s Lamb Chop.
If Mrs. Clinton is as smart as I think she is, she would fire Howard Wolfson immediately.