"Hillary's Queen Cersei moment" by The Chicago Tribune
...For it was Mr. Gipple, Iowa millennial and passionate supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who gave us the single most important nationally televised moment of Clinton's presidential campaign so far.
Think of it as Hillary's Queen Cersei moment.
The Queen Cersei moment wasn't inspired by the vast right-wing conspiracy, or a cast of enemies real or imagined, or even by the FBI investigating Clinton's email scandal. Instead it was inspired by Gipple, a Democrat young enough to believe virtue has a place in our politics.
"It feels like there's a lot of young people out there, like myself, who are very passionate supporters of Bernie Sanders. And I just don't see the same enthusiasm among younger people for you," Gipple said in a nervous voice at an Iowa town hall on CNN. "In fact," Gipple said,
"I've heard quite a few people my age that think you're dishonest, but I'd like to hear from you, why you feel the enthusiasm isn't there."
She paused, then blinked and her face began to move toward him on the end of her neck. There was that Queen Cersei smile. Not with her eyes but with teeth, before she fixed on him with her squint.
If she was standing not in Iowa but in HBO, Cersei's guards would have already ripped out young Gipple's tongue or lopped off his thumbs.
Happily, Hillary took neither tongue nor thumbs. Instead, she tried to take Gipple's pride. And that will cost her more...
"But if you're new to politics and this is the first time you've really paid attention, you go, 'Oh, my gosh, look at all of this.' And you have to say to yourself, 'Why are they throwing all of that?' " Clinton said. "I'll tell you why: I've been on the front lines of change and progress since I was your age."
Since I was your age, sonny! And what have you done except clap your hands for Bernie, you punk kid!
What she ignored, obviously, is the FBI investigating how top-secret government emails showed up on her private email server in her basement. Instead, it was, "Why are they throwing all of that?" as if "they" are angry conservative talk show hosts, not the Obama administration.
Gipple didn't know [about the latest Hillary email release news] as he stood, rather nervously, before Hillary the Great as she dressed him down on national TV.
"When I worked on health care back in '93 and '94, and I don't know if you were born then, I can't quite tell, but, if you'd been around, and had been able to pay attention, I was trying to get us to universal health care coverage," she said.
If you'd been around. If you were born then. If you'd been able to pay attention.
At least she didn't mention that some Democrats voting in 2016 may have been toddlers chewing frozen bagels for teething pain when her husband was impeached.