By now, everyone in the world knows about Hillary Clinton nearly fainting after leaving early from a 9/11 memorial event on Sunday. Her protective detail tried hard to conceal the episode, carrying their boss from the curbside to the van as seamlessly and stoically as possible, as if everything was perfectly normal. But these days, presidential candidates have to understand that there should be no expectation of privacy. Someone’s got a camera rolling somewhere at all times.
Now, the campaign is in damage control, finally conceding that her medical episode was due to a bout with pneumonia, which according to her doctor, she’s had at least since the ninth. The campaign’s first excuse was that Hillary was just dehydrated.
Her husband Bill tried to help her out when he was interviewed by Charlie Rose on CBS. Bill tried to play it off like Hillary was totally fine, and that she was just dehydrated, but already felt much better after a good night’s sleep. But then, he added:
“[I]t’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors, because frequently—well not frequently, rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”
Hm. ‘Frequently’ and ‘rarely’ are two words that are not often mixed up together, mostly because they’re opposites. Perhaps Bill just misspoke. Or, he actually meant ‘frequently,’ but then had to quickly correct himself to cover for his wife. He’s not as smooth as he used to be.
While the Clinton campaign and friends are spinning this as “nothing to see here,” some of the nominee’s allies are getting a little skittish. They’re even suggesting that there be a Plan B, just in case something…you know…happens.
A former DNC chairman Don Fowler – who headed up the DNC during Bill’s presidency – said there needed to be a clearer and more detailed process for finding a replacement nominee should it come to that. Although he said that there was no way Hillary would suspend her campaign, he did say that “now is the time for all good political leaders to come to the aid of their party,” and “I think the plan should be developed by 6 o’clock this afternoon.”
“It’s something you would be a fool not to prepare for,” he said, adding, “She better get well before she gets back out there, because if she gets back out there too soon, it might happen again.”
ABC News contributor and columnist Cokie Roberts said that the medical episode has Democrats “whispering” about the potential for replacing Hillary should she have to step aside for health reasons:
“…Democrats were already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump, and it’s taking her off of the campaign trail, cancelling her trip to California today. It has them very nervously beginning to whisper about her stepping aside and finding another candidate…”
I honestly don’t think Hillary is going to step aside. However, what’s most damaging to the Clinton campaign right now is the fact that the possibility – no matter how remote – of replacing her is being talked about so prevalently. Just the talk alone is enough to sway voters away from her.
As the fallout continues from the viral video of Hillary nearly falling, Trump took the high road, saying on Fox & Friends that he hopes she gets well soon: