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Hillary Clinton’s announcement video and why I hated it

It’s too highly produced, too phony, too little of the candidate and almost zero of Clinton’s positions on issues.

As you may have heard, Hillary Clinton is running for president and she “announced” this already long-known fact Sunday with the release of a two-minute online video in which the candidate herself isn’t seen or heard until the 1:30 mark.

Personally, I hated the video. Too highly produced, too phony, too little of the candidate and almost zero of the candidate standing for anything. “When families are strong, America is strong.” “Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead.” “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote.”

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The closest she comes in her pitifully few “remarks” is: “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times. But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.” Eventually, she will presumably make some suggestions for laws and policies that will change the way the deck is stacked.

The first minute and a half is a collage of ordinary people of all genders, races, ages and affectional preferences saying sweet “real people” things and doing their best to reek of ordinariness. (I should mention that the inclusion of gay couple getting married is perhaps the other closest thing in the video to associating Clinton with a policy position.)

OK, she’s now officially in. I’m ready for something a bit more substantive.

P.S. New Yorker-based satirist Andy Borowitz “reports” that “Hillary Clinton has followed up the official announcement of her candidacy with a new campaign ad featuring nothing but kittens.”