Colin Diersing, in the Los Angeles Times:
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake has been asking voters how much they trust Hillary Rodham Clinton for more than two decades. So when she recently asked a group of 10 young people about the issue, her questions naturally turned to Whitewater, the Arkansas land deal turned White House scandal of the 1990s.
Instead of the heated answers the topic once invited, the focus group responded with confused silence.
“Is that a new type of vodka?” one person finally offered.
The participant was probably kidding, Lake said. But the answer is exemplary of a challenge confronting pollsters, ad-makers and strategists on both sides who are trying to shape Clinton’s image during her presidential run. The youngest eligible voters of 2016 were toddlers when America’s most prominent political power couple left the White House, and what Americans know about Clinton is increasingly defined by what stage of her career she was in when they first tuned in…
Somebody put Ron Fournier on suicide watch — if he makes an attempt, I want it on YouTube.
… “The whole thing of scandal is much harder to pin on her with first- and second-time voters,” said Frank Luntz, a GOP strategist who helped counsel House Republicans through their battles with the Clintons in the 1990s. “The ’90s are as irrelevant to 20-somethings as the 1950s are to 50-somethings. If you didn’t see it and you didn’t hear it and you didn’t live it, it doesn’t matter.”
To some young voters, even Clinton’s marriage seems irrelevant to how they think of her, which is mostly as a presidential candidate or secretary of State.
“Most of her career that I followed has been when she was operating by herself and he’s been kind of a background piece,” said Marilis Dugas, a 21-year-old student at Clinton’s alma mater, Wellesley College. “I don’t have nearly as many associations of the two of them together.”…
But her husband had sex! with a young intern! and she didn’t even seek a rightful Second-Amendment remedy!!!… the Repub base, the Talibangelicals who don’t want *anyone* having sex, and the old men who resent *other* people having illicit sex, still find this An Outrage. Voters not yet AARP-eligible, maybe not so much, I suspect.