Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “lost control” of her public image, a sorry place to be for someone who's reportedly considering a 2016 presidential bid, and she has no one to blame but herself, an MSNBC panel suggested Tuesday morning.
Questions about whether Clinton has done irreparable harm to her image began with "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski citing a recent Politico survey that shows a majority of voters disapprove of how the former first lady performed as secretary of state.
The poll found that only 14 percent of voters rate Clinton's performance at state as “excellent,” while 28 percent rate her performance as “good,” 21 percent rate it as “fair” and 32 percent rate it as “poor.”
“[I]t's a major change from a year-and-a-half ago when the then-secretary of state had a 70 percent approval rating,” Brzezinski said, noting a separate Bloomberg article that reported Clinton has made roughly $12 million since stepping down from state in February 2013.
Co-panelist and political analyst Mark Halperin weighed in on the issue: “She has lost control of her public Image. It's the worst thing that can happen to somebody thinking of running for president, and it's at a time when she should be in command. You know, she had a book tour, she can control the message,” he said.
“Her operation is playing defense on a lot of stories and, again, it's fine. She can recover from it. But right now, she has lost control of how people are thinking about her, how the media is covering her."
The Clinton machine, for its part, claims that much of the negative press surrounding the former secretary of state is either uninteresting or simply untrue. Meanwhile, Clinton's tour promoting her new book, Hard Choices, continues apace, providing the media with one wealth-related gaffe after another.
“Would it have been better -- in hindsight -- if Hillary Clinton had not written this book and gone on a book tour?” co-panelist Willie Geist asked. “Because look where she was when she was out of the fray: No one was talking about her in terms of politics, just in terms of how she had done as secretary of state.”
“She’d have less money,” Halperin responded, grinning like a Cheshire cat.