On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threw down a weak gauntlet and threatened to ban CNN and NBC from hosting any of the 2016 GOP presidential debates unless both networks agreed to cancel upcoming specials about Hillary.
NBC has plans for a miniseries starring Diane Lane. Some critics have already questioned Lane as a choice to play Hillary because she may be too pretty, young and glamorous. Meanwhile, CNN is acquiring a feature-length documentary about the former first lady that will first run in theaters before airing on television.
Priebus called the channels’ programs “a thinly veiled attempt to put a thumb on the scales.”
Has this man ever heard of jumping the gun? Even CNN called Priebus’ threat “premature.” And while the Republicans have been fixated on all things Hillary for decades, what average American is going to even remember either one of these shows in three years?
Priebus is clearly suffering from a case of paranoia. It’s okay, Mr. Priebus. Many men have battled the same fear since the 1990s when it comes to Hillary.
Case in point: An offensive Hillary game created in 2000 for an anti-Clinton Super PAC that has recently found a new life.
According to BuzzFeed, The Hillary Project has “a game on their website that allows users to slap the former Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton across the face.” Disturbing? Yes, just a bit.
But such disrespect is par for the course. For 20 years, the Republicans have crafted their narrative around Hillary. Who has the GOP base been trained to hate? a) The Clintons, b) progressive women, c) supposed elitists, d) Democrats, e) pro-choicers, and, more recently, f) anyone associated with Benghazi.
Hillary is the Republicans’ perfect nightmare and pastime. Consider this week only a prelude to the next three years.
Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and “1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes.” She writes frequently for Reuters, TakePart, and numerous other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker.