Is the pressure of having lost seven out of eight primaries and caucuses to Bernie Sanders getting to Hillary Clinton? She’s sure saying some very strange things these days.Now, Clinton has long been at high risk of getting into trouble whenever she veers from her carefully prepared scripts. But her loose-cannon problem has only grown as Sanders keeps winning.Take her latest interview, with Politico’s Glenn Thrush, in which Clinton confesses to being “constantly amazed” by — airplanes:“I mean, how it works, how the whole, you know, science of it . . . [how it] constantly manages to keep us afloat,” she said.An effort to channel the lost innocence of her girlhood, maybe? But planes aren’t exactly new — unlike, say, the supermarket scanner technology that famously amazed the first President George Bush.Clinton also pretends to have just discovered that Sanders has spent his life in politics as a proud socialist, saying breathlessly: “He’s a relatively new Democrat. I’m not even sure he is one.”Just days before, she exploded after a presumed Bernie supporter challenged her on donations from (gasp) the fossil-fuels industry: “I am so sick — I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me,” she barked. “I’m sick of it.”All this follows a host of recent boners, like her claim that the United States “didn’t lose a single person” in Libya — which ignored the two employees of her own State Deparment and two other Americans slain in Benghazi.Or her vow to “put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business.” Or her tribute to the late Nancy Reagan’s work on AIDS, which outraged AIDS activists.Between her bizarre off-script pronouncements and the utter banality of her preprogrammed talks, it’s no wonder Democratic voters are so desperate for something new.
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