While providing the former first daughter generous helpings of airtime to promote her young adult rah-rah book It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, news anchors such as CBS’ Gayle King have all but begged Clinton to run not just for elected office but for president. Like, three years from now. (“I’m definitely not the right person to run to defeat [Trump] in 2020,” Clinton replied. “So right now, the answer is no.”)
This 100 percent top-down campaign to whip up enthusiasm for Clinton 3.0 reached a low point with a Los Angeles Times op-ed by Ann Friedman featuring the gag-me headline, “Just like her mother, Chelsea Clinton never gets a break.” Yes, the poor dear had to scratch and claw for every penny of the $600,000 annual NBC News salary she received to produce an estimated 58 minutes of programming between 2011 and 2014.
Like former first lady Michelle Obama, whose name has also been whispered fervently by would-be queenmakers, Chelsea Clinton could exist as a hypothetical candidate only in a party that has run out of both ideas and talent. Surely there are more interesting politicians in this country of 320 million than rich, platitude-spewing amateurs with drearily famous last names.