Hillary Clinton may be keeping a stiff upper lip on the campaign trail, telling audiences Monday that the FBI “should look” at thousands of emails found on top aide Huma Abedin’s home computer.
Privately, the Clinton campaign is aggressively marshaling Democratic resources, and planning to go nuclear on Donald Trump’s campaign— literally—by dredging up the original actress from Lyndon Johnson’s pivotal 1964 “Daisy” ad.
The spot showed “Daisy” innocently picking wildflowers in a field—and then being blown up by an unseen nuclear bomb that lays waste to the world around her, ostensibly the work of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.
Now the same woman, Monique Luiz, has grown up and is hitting the trail for Hillary, to warn voters of the nuclear horrors that lie ahead if Donald Trump gets his hands on the red button.
“This was me in 1964,” Luiz says in her video. “The fear of nuclear war that we had as children, I never thought our children would ever have to deal with that again. And to see that coming forward in this election is really scary.”
The ad then cuts to Trump asking Morning Joe hosts why he can’t use nuclear weapons to solve America’s problems— and ends with Trump’s voice saying “Bomb the shit out of them.”
Back in 1964, the ad was remarkably effective, but Baby Boomers who remember black and white television aren’t Clinton’s problem demographic. She’s already well-loved by the first wave feminist crowd and by her fellow retirees. It’s millennials (they might remember the ad from history classes), who aren’t sold on Clinton’s brand of moderate liberalism.
Fortunately for Clinton, she’s doing a bang-up job on the trail, when it comes to appealing to young adults. Just look at her seamlessly integrate into a performance by Jennifer Lopez.