Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’ s much anticipated book tour got off to such a rocky start last week that even her liberal friends and allies in the media were left wondering what happened.
One of those supporters is Donny Deutsch, of MSNBC, who was asked today by the host of Morning Joe for his thoughts on the book tour.
“It was a disaster,” Deutsch replied.
Joe Scarborough then asked Deutsch how Clinton could let this happen:
How do you have a book that you know is coming out and you have it all planned, and you’re not in the middle of a presidential campaign, and how is it–you just said it was “a disaster” and you love Hillary–she’s even getting in fights with liberal NPR hosts. Like really uncomfortable fights. What happened?
Deutsch struggled to defend Clinton by blaming it on the possibility of Hillary fatigue. He said that perhaps people want to “change the channel,” but that doesn’t explain her mistakes. They were all self-inflicted.
Besides the argument she got into with NPR’s Terry Gross over her views on gay marriage, Clinton’s miscues include telling ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 and couldn’t afford the mortgages on their houses—plural. She then followed that up by telling NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden that the five Taliban commanders who were exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl were not a threat to the U.S., and that while she has extensive notes on Benghazi, she isn’t planning on sharing them with the Congressional committee looking into the matter. She said that if the committee wants to find out what she was thinking, they can read her book.
As Mark Halperin noted, Hillary isn’t done yet. She still faces an interview with Fox News, which should be very interesting, considering how badly she flubbed the interviews last week with the far “friendlier” ABC and NBC News.