Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Tip for Hillary

They say politics make strange bedfellows, and for once, I'm jumping into bed with a figurative sense, of course. During a recent Iowa swing, she stopped in a Maid Rite restaurant and had a good meal on the house. She didn't leave a tip, but her campaign left a $100 tip for a $157 bill. Not a bad tip, really.

Then, it came out today that the waitress who waited on Hillary didn't get a tip and said as much. People who dislike Hillary jumped on this story as "proof" that Hillary doesn't care about the little people. Hillary's defenders said it was much ado about nothing. As you might have guessed, I'm coming down with the latter group. Hillary and her campaign did right by the situation by giving the $100 tip. What happened to it is outside of her influence, so she can't and shouldn't get blowback because of it.

But (and you know there had to be one in this case), Hillary missed a golden opportunity to not only make herself look caring and compassionate, but to erase the memory of last week's MSNBC debate debacle. Imagine the PR buzz that would have occurred if Hillary had given the waitress the $100 tip herself. It may not have been enough to wipe out the memory of her MSNBC debate debacle, but it would have softened the impact of it or at least given her an out afterwards. As it stands, she didn't, and the "no tip from Hillary" story doesn't help her image, regardless of its truthfulness at this point.

So, Hillary, the next time you're in a restaurant, at least offer to tip. It will work wonders for your political image.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

First, I want to thank anonymous for showing us that all those Islamic terrorists who are killing innocent men, women, and children in Iraq need to be brought to justice now more than ever.

Second, doesn't Hillary have a history of stiffing wait staff and claiming she had nothing to do with it? I seem to recall a similar story when she was running against Giuliani. Maybe you can update this post with some added info on her history of no-tipping, Thomas.