I've got a new piece at BNR about the media continually offering advice to Hillary Clinton as though she's losing, despite the fact that is winning by a huge margin:
Whether it's giving Hillary advice about how she has to appeal to Donald's reactionary rightwing base (large parts of which support him specifically because they want to erect and maintain the barriers she wants to break down), or about how she has to appeal to the segment of Bernie's base who are holding out from supporting her (for many of whom "opposition to Clinton is the basis of their political identity"), pundits are full of helpful, ahem, advice for Hillary.Click on through to read the whole thing!
New York Times reporter Patrick Healy managed to combine a bunch of this hot advice into one hideous piece, but he is hardly alone. Despite Hillary leading Donald by double digits in many national polls following an outstanding general election rollout, one would be forgiven for imagining she is desperately flailing, if one listens to the pundits.
...That Hillary continues to ignore pundits who tell her she needs to be doing something – anything – differently when she's commandingly winning is further evidence of her strength and wisdom.
The only advice she needs from pundits right now is: Keep doing whatever you're doing, because it's clearly working.
And I highly recommend Peter Daou's piece on Patrick Healy's appalling NYT article, too: "You read that correctly: Healy is actually adding vote totals for the Republican nominee and Democratic runner-up to claim that Hillary's message isn't resonating. The female candidate has to defeat two men simultaneously for her campaign to be deemed successful."