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June 19, 2014 10:57 AM How To Deal With a Heckler

By Ed Kilgore

I mentioned this briefly at Day’s End yesterday, but if you haven’t seen how Hillary Clinton dealt with the “RNC Squirrel” yesterday, it’s worth a look:

Pity the poor RNC intern who suddenly found him- or herself confronted by one of the most famous people in the world, treating them like, well, a cartoon character. What are you going to do? Give a thumbs-up, clutch HRC’s book to your bosom like a prize, and then shake hands with your stalkee turned stalker.

The RNC itself tried to make the best of a bad situation, according to Business Insider’s Hunter Walker:

RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams was with the squirrel when it received the book from Clinton Tuesday. Williams said the fact Clinton spoke to the squirrel shows she and her allies are concerned about the “Republican opposition” as she embarks on her media tour, which is widely seen as a prelude to a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
“The squirrel was surprised that Hillary would engage it, though I must say the squirrel was upset it couldn’t ask Hillary the tough questions Americans want answered,” said Williams. “The fact that Hillary engaged just proves that team Hillary is nervous about the Republican opposition.”

No, it proves they know how to deal with a heckler.

I’m guessing the intern in question has been given a different assignment. And he or she probably didn’t get to keep the book.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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