Clinton camp: Maybe that Hurricane Matthew ad buy was a bad idea

Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on Florida with winds of at least 140 miles per hour. As Ed pointed out earlier, both Florida’s Governor and the National Weather Service have been very clear that this storm will kill you unless you take precautions. In fact, it is estimated to have already killed 108 people in Haiti. But it seems Hillary Clinton’s team looked at this imminent disaster and saw opportunity. Never let a crisis go to waste, right?

Politico reported yesterday that the Clinton camp made an ad buy on the Weather Channel in Florida media markets:

The Clinton camp is refusing to be completely shut out of the conversation: Her team is buying airtime on the Weather Channel in a slew of major Florida media markets.

Clinton is seeking to appeal directly to swing-state voters potentially in the path of Hurricane Matthew and will spend $63,000 to reach Weather Channel viewers there for five days beginning on Thursday, according to a source monitoring TV ad buys.

So while you’re sheltering in your basement, or perhaps staying in a hotel wondering if your home and business will still be there after the evacuation ends, you’ll also be bombarded with more Hillary ads. At least that was the plan before this all became public.

Today, the Clinton camp reversed course. A spokesman told Fox News today, “We have requested that stations in Florida delay any of those ads on the Weather Channel until after the storm passes.” Callous indifference is not a good look it turns out.

Just a few nights ago VP candidate Tim Kaine made the pitch that Hillary Clinton was defined by a lifetime of public service. Kaine said, “As a civil rights lawyer in the South, with the Children’s Defense Fund, first lady of Arkansas and this country, senator, secretary of state, it’s always been about putting others first.”

It doesn’t look like that’s what her team was doing in Florida. It looks like they were advancing her politically by any means necessary. I’m sure we’ll soon hear how she knew nothing about this. Some junior staffer did it without consulting anyone. If pressed perhaps her team will blame it on Colin Powell.

Hillary is all about “others” yet is always surrounded by a rogues gallery of ruthless political operators like Sid Blumenthal, David Brock and whoever made this ad buy. For a selfless saint, Hillary she sure does attract a lot of shady characters whose only goal is looking out for Hillary.