The latest dumps by WikiLeaks, which has been releasing hacked emails obtained from the account of Democrat presidency nominee Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, included a statement so shocking that it could conceivably paralyze the nominee’s whole campaign.
“I think you should call her and sober her up some,” read the WikiLeaks email, sent by campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri to Podesta on Aug. 8 of last year.
The message was a reply to an email Podesta sent Palmieri earlier in the day.
“Should I call her and talk this through or better to leave with you?” Podesta had written at 1:55 pm. “I’m worried she’ll get on with Cheryl and we’ll end up in a bad place. I’m in a session that lasts till 3:30 your time. Is that timely or should I walk out?”
What was unclear was why Clinton needed to be sobered up so early in the day? Had she consumed certain medications that left her woozy? Had she been drinking booze?
Perhaps she needed to be made aware of how serious the situation is and needed to be made to understood reality, i.e., was “sobered up” being used metaphorically?
It was known that the Democrat nominee had a penchant for drinking while on the campaign trail.
“She likes to drink,” Amy Chozick, national political reporter for the The New York Times, told ABC News in February of 2015, six months before the email was sent. “We were on the campaign trail in 2008 and the press thought she was just taking shots to pander to voters in Pennsylvania. Um, no.”
Additionally, earlier this month Chozick issued a tweet from Clinton’s campaign plane claiming that the nominee wanted to take off immediately “so we can have some drinks served.”
"We need to take off so we can have some drinks served," Hillary says on her campaign plane https://t.co/XrZsEHOXwb
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) October 10, 2016
Clinton may suffer from a drinking problem – certainly, heavy drinking while campaigning campaigning for president would indeed be a problem.
The following video offers even more evidence of the nominee’s unhealthy habit:
What Clinton’s problem is not is something shared by her opponent, GOP nominee Donald Trump, who reportedly has never consumed alcohol once. He tends to prefer dealing with things with a clear head.
It will be interesting to see how these revelations change the American people’s perception of the presidential nominees.
Assuming they would rather not be led by a drunk, it seems possible Clinton’s poll numbers may take a drop. With the election looming, that is something she cannot afford.