“When was the last time you’ve been good and hammered?” Kimmel wondered, after noting all the parties and receptions Clinton has attended during her two-day fundraising swing through Los Angeles.
“Do you feel at all sorry for Jeb Bush?” Kimmel asked.
“He’s a very accomplished man. He’s out there making his case,” Clinton responded diplomatically. “Running for president is really hard, and some days are better than other days.”
“When he came out with a slogan like ‘Jeb Can Fix It’ did you guys … die laughing?” Kimmel wondered.
“Look, it’s really hard to do this,” she replied, taking the high road. “People’s campaigns change. … He’s obviously trying to relate.”
“It sounds like he’s running a handyman business,” Kimmel persisted, not buying what she was selling.
Clinton was, in fact, nicer to the Republicans than they are these days to one another.
It showed the extent to which the center of gravity has been so yanked toward the Republicans in this presidential race, that Kimmel asked the Democratic hopeful so many questions about GOP candidates, leaving Clinton to shoehorn her position statements on Bush, Ben Carson and Donald Trump. But then, the Republicans have been so entertaining this election cycle.
Carson “came out of nowhere, and he’s made a number of controversial statements,” Kimmel noted, ticking off some: pyramids were built by Joseph to store grain, Obamacare is like slavery and so on. And yet, Kimmel reminded, a recent poll indicated “he would beat you by 10%.”
“We’ll just have to wait” and see, Clinton answered carefully.
“Maybe you have to start saying some crazy stuff,” Kimmel advised.
“It matters what you say when you’re president. People all over the world pay attention to what the president says,” Clinton said, in re Carson, but she acknowledged we are in that part of the campaign season “where people are saying all kinds of stuff – some of which they believe.”
“Will you watch Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live? Kimmel asked.
“That I might do, because I think he watched me.”
And, if her husband could run for the White House gain, who would win that race, Kimmel wondered. Clinton said her husband is a “terrific campaigner” but, “If I were going to run against him would I win? Yeah!”
Kimmel’s ABC show was the latest stop on the Dem presidential hopeful’s charm offensive – Clinton’s carefully formulated plan to become more spontaneous and genuine coinciding with the start of her march through the late-night TV landscape.
Late last month, Clinton made her first visit to what she called “The Cathedral of Colbert” on CBS. She was the fifth White House hopeful to appear on Colbert’s show since he debuted on CBS – but the first to whom he has said that, in his previous late-night show he’d played a conservative gasbag “who didn’t care for you” and she responded, “It was mutual.”
The Clinton Authenticity Campaign started in September, when the notoriously guarded politician stuck her toe into the late-night arena, playing Telephone with Pretend Donald Trump (aka Jimmy Fallon) on NBC’s The Tonight Show. She also appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live playing Val the bartender, who sang a duet with a power-hungry Hillary Clinton, played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon.