It’s called whistling past the graveyard. And since Hillary Clinton has tried everything else to divert attention from her inexorably growing email scandal — from faux anger at conspiracy theorists to insincere denial — she might as well go for the self-deprecating joke and hope voters will laugh along with her.
Enter the comic duo of Hillary and Hillary, which made its debut yesterday in the Surf Ballroom on the shores of Clear Lake in northern Iowa, where the once-presumptive Democratic nominee for president in 2016 quipped:
You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.
For those who are devotees of comedic timing and delivery, here is a video:
The comedic moment serves another purpose: The mention of Snapchat is part of her recent attempt to connect with the youth vote. A demographic breakdown of Snapchat users by age shows that if she really did launch her own account, she is among the tiniest minority of users.
In the meantime, there is something distinctly offputting about a woman who served for four years in a position that placed her five heartbeats away from the presidency making light of an offense that could result in a criminal prosecution.