April 12, 2015

THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GOVERNORS AND THE REST...:

Why does Hillary Rodham Clinton want to be president? (Dan Balz, 4/11/15, Washington Post)

She will receive plenty of advice, from her advisers and the world at large, about how to answer the question of why she wants to be president. The cover of the latest issue of the Economist magazine features a picture of her with the words, "What does Hillary stand for?" As she assembled a campaign team, she has presumably been thinking about what to say about all that. It is what everyone wants to know.

Yet so much is known already. There is a decades-long résumé that offers answers, a record of battles fought and won or lost that point to priorities: women's and children's issues; economic policies somewhat to the left of her husband's but not as far left as progressives would like; a focus on the middle class; a belief in education standards but caution about too much reform; a muscular foreign policy, including a vote for the Iraq war resolution that still rankles some in her party.

The unknowns are unknown in part because there are few easy answers to some of the questions people want answered. Exactly what is a 21st-century economic plan that can do something about stagnant wages and the lack of economic mobility? Clinton and her Republican rivals face the same quandary on this. It is easy to identify the problems, but difficult from either the left or the right to present plausible alternatives to each party's old policies.

...is that they can (Jeb, Jindal and Kasich, at least) just run on the Third Way reforms they instituted, all of which are equalizing.

Posted by at April 12, 2015 7:53 AM
  

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