Clinton campaign already lowering expectations for early-state performances

She almost literally has no competition. But who’s to say what could happen in Iowa? It’s tough out there.

The Clinton campaign is walking that often comical campaign trail line— How do we say, ‘This is the most awesomest, qualified person (and WOMAN!) to ever walk the face of the earth. Hear her ROAAARRRR!” but also say, “Please don’t make fun of us if she utterly underwhelms people as she parades the dead zone that is her charisma around the Heartland and early voting states.”

Managing expectations can be a great trait. It’s one President Obama should have learned at any point before or after he promised to change the actual sea level. I’m not sure managing expectations works as planned when there’s, again, almost literally no one running against you. Why all the fear? Maybe because in ramping up to Clinton’s showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, she’ll actually be answering questions. And, we’ve seen how well that goes.

She is expected to do her first media interviews about the same time. Clinton has briefly responded to some questions from reporters traveling with her since the campaign’s launch but has held no formal press conference.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that Clinton should answer questions about foreign donations to her family’s foundation and her use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

“After dodging questions for months, she should take this opportunity to finally come clean and discuss the issues important to everyday Americans,” Priebus said.

I noticed and remarked at the time of her bizarre U.N. press conference on the e-mail server that, if you didn’t know she was Hillary Clinton and had 30+ years of political experience, you’d assume by her performance she must be a third-tier candidate with no chance. And, yet, she is the nearly inevitable nominee of the Democratic Party with a fairly decent chance at winning the presidency.

Her lofty (at long last) announcement paired with this embarrassingly low expectations is Clinton being both. She is a third-tier candidate operating as an inevitable one, and her team is smart enough to know it. Lord knows her team staked too much on her political skill last time around. It still makes for an odd juxtaposition from this supposed juggernaut.