Clinton takes a hit in latest Quinnipiac.  Chelsea Clinton turns negative. By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

Clinton takes a hit in latest Quinnipiac. Chelsea Clinton turns negative.
photo by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

The Vermont senator wins 49 percent of likely caucusgoers in the Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, compared to Clinton’s 44 percent. It’s a significant drop for the former secretary of State from last month’s Quinnipiac poll, which had her up by 11 percent. [The Hill]

NO FAINTING COUCH is required though some will need one, but who thought it was a good idea to have Chelsea Clinton go negative on Bernie Sanders? I’ve heard her speak and this is not her strong suit, nor is it the role she needs to play.

The timing with a bad poll is too obvious. It looks panicky even if they’re not.

Making matters worse, the case Chelsea Clinton made was pure hyperbole. From NBC News

“Sen. Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private insurance,” she said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. “I worry if we give Republicans Democratic permission to do that, we’ll go back to an era — before we had the Affordable Care Act — that would strip millions and millions and millions of people off their health insurance.”

In a statement, Sanders spokeswoman Arianna Jones said that Clinton’s attacks are “wrong.”

“It is time for the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world and provide health care as a right to every man, woman and child,” she said. “A Medicare-for-all plan will save the average middle-class family $5,000 a year. Further, the Clinton campaign is wrong. Our plan will be implemented in every state in the Union regardless of who is governor.”

Certainly Hillary’s team knows that women are turned off by negative campaigning. When you do it with a disingenuous script, and I’m being kind, it’s worse. It can also turn trust into an issue, something the Clinton campaign cannot afford.

Second-guessing campaigns in media makes campaigns nuts. If they don’t want to hear it then stupid shit should be kept minor and at a minimum. I’ve been writing about the Clintons for almost 20 years now, so I’ve earned the right to analyze them.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea Clinton wanted to let Sanders have it. Lord knows her father wishes someone was doing it. I’ve also thought Chelsea is more like her dad in her career.

They need to rethink this tactic.

It’s getting rough out there.

“Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real. And he has credibility on it,” Biden said during an interview with CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger. “It’s relatively new for Hillary to talk about that,” Biden continued, acknowledging that Clinton has “come forward with some really thoughtful approaches to deal with the issue” of income inequality. [CNN]