a nice kid... still a nice kid...
Still, it’s easy to see why some in the party may, on paper, see 36-year-old Chelsea as their next young star: Hyper-educated, married mother of two, scandal-free, torchbearer for a Democratic dynasty. But the Dems should consider how a Chelsea candidacy would play to the still-bruised Sanders cohort. Last Monday, the Washington Times reported that some attendees at a DNC forum in Baltimore were virulently “Never Chelsea.”
“Chelsea needs to go away,” 49-year-old Guinevere Boyd said. “She has nothing to offer. She has said some horrible, clueless things about progressives and progressive issues.”
“The country does not have any more appetite for the Clintons,” said Mike Bender, 61. “Enough is enough.”
Then there’s the general electorate. Trump won by speaking to the white working class, acknowledging their economic and cultural anxieties, assuring them that they would no longer be left behind. Hillary, defying even her husband’s advice, simply ignored them.
Through this prism, it’s hard to see how Chelsea Clinton reaches the average voter. She has never struggled for anything. She and her husband, hedge-funder Mark Mezvinsky, live in a $10.5 million apartment in the Flatiron District. Chelsea has held a series of vague high-paying jobs. She worked at McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm, then at Avenue Capital Group, a hedge fund. She was passionate about neither, and her accomplishments remain unknown.
Picture at top: (a condensate of) a real MAD magazine nasty cartoon about Chelsea circa 2000. Due to Gus fantastic collection of MAD stuff plus his amazing memory to remember stupid things, this image was extracted faster than google speed.