NYT Columnist Insists That Chelsea Clinton’s Baby Is A 2016 Game Changer (VIDEO)

The gang on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is usually game to analyze (and set) the latest political narrative, but as Andrew Ross Sorkin proved on Friday, even that show has limits.

Following a discussion about Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, a giddy Sorkin turned the panel’s attention to the real story.

“Can we talk about the human drama that is Grandma Clinton?” the New York Times financial columnist asked, referring to Chelsea Clinton’s announcement that she’s pregnant.

“I don’t want to be cynical and I’m not suggesting anyone’s having a baby for election purposes, but —” Sorkin added before being drowned out by the panel’s collective groans.

And with that, Sorkin had lost the room, despite his best efforts to salvage his argument. He insisted that the pregnancy was a game changer for Hillary Clinton.

“It’s gonna change the dynamic of the campaign,” he said.

How exactly?

“It’s a softening, there’s a compassion thing,” Sorkin explained. “You don’t think that over the next two years on the campaign trail this is gonna be part of the narrative? Come on. That’s interesting.”

The other panelists did not find his observation interesting.

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