On "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. claimed that the only way Hillary Clinton can win the Democratic nomination is to become "the sorriest candidate in American history." The embarrassing segment played out like a joke in which Johnson led with the punchline, meticulously explained the premises, then repeatedly repeated the punchline again and again while waiting in vain for his rim shot.
Johnson made his remarks in the context of a discussion about Hillary Clinton's alleged "apology tour," as co-host Steve Doocy called it. "She will go from one end of the country to the other," Johnson said, "saying 'I'm sorry,' 'I'm so sorry,' 'I'm really sorry.'"
She will have to apologize for "confusing" voters with the email server "scandal," and "promise never to do it again." But even if she does that, a recent Quinnipiac poll indicates that the 61 percent of voters who don't find her trustworthy won't believe her, "so this is a very difficult task."
If the "sorry tour" doesn't succeed, Johnson said that the Democrats will go to "the bullpen" -- which consists of Joe Biden, Al Gore, and John Kerry. The fact that his list includes two failed Democratic presidential candidates and doesn't include Senator Bernie Sanders gives the impression that Johnson's not being altogether serious, as does his claim that Clinton's handlers have her listen to Elton John's "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" on her iPad before making appearances.
Except he's actually being serious -- Johnson actually believes that Clinton's nomination depends on whether Democratic primary voters care about an issue that's been carefully cultivated and tended to by Fox News personalities like himself.
He proved as much seconds later, saying that "the bigger question comes when we get to the Benghazi hearings in October," referring to the investigation that no one to the left of Rush Limbaugh considers anything other than a poorly orchestrated attempt by the right to manufacture a scandal out of a tragedy.
"Is she sorry, or will she be?" he asked, because the segment wouldn't have been complete without one more reminder from Johnson that he considers himself to be a very clever individual.
Watch the entire conversation below via Fox News.