As for Dougherty, he hints that the sagging fortunes of the media business may have helped push him into the race.
In fact, there have been hints of reason in this sorry show of hate.
Do some investigation, there are some hints about how far behind he might be.
c.1600, apparently from obsolete hent, from Middle English hinten "to tell, inform" (c.1400), from Old English hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *hantijanan (cf. Gothic hinþan "to seize"), related to hunt (v.). Modern sense and spelling first attested in Shakespeare.
1640s, from hint (n.). Related: Hinted; hinting.