Fox News’s media critic Howard Kurtz writes on a potential 2016 run by former State Secretary Hillary Clinton:
Hillary Clinton had a whole lotta problems in 2008, and one of them was the press.
Or more precisely, the way she walled herself off from the press (an approach I asked her about in New Hampshire that year, which she politely deflected). She was extraordinarily cautious when she dealt with journalists, and behind the scenes, her people complained bitterly about how her negative coverage contrasted with the media’s pro-Obama bias.
The combination of these factors was that a woman quite capable of charming reporters instead failed to melt her ice queen image.
Perhaps next time, assuming she runs in 2016, things will be different. In this campaign-in-waiting mode, Hillary and her team have to make decisions about how much to put her out there, and who is granted that most precious political commodity: access.
As an experiment, we googled “ice queen Clinton.” This was the top result.