Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Whats the Case for Hillary Clinton? ; She Is Running for President, But

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Whats the Case for Hillary Clinton? ; She Is Running for President, But

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WASHINGTON The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.

So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and Donald Trump as the man who would kick over the table (to quote Newt Gingrich) in Washington, change-maker does not exactly make the heart race. Which is the fundamental problem with the Clinton campaign. What precisely is it about? Why is she running in the first place?

Like most dynastic candidates (most famously Ted Kennedy in 1979), she really doesnt know. She seeks the office because, well, its the next the final step on the ladder.

Her campaigns premise is that were doing OK but we can do better. There are holes to patch in the nanny-state safety net. Shes the one to do it.

It amounts to Sanders lite. Or the short-lived Bush slogan: Jeb can fix it. We know where that went.

The one man who could have given the pudding a theme, who could have created a plausible Hillaryism was Bill Clinton.

Rather than do that the way in Cleveland Gingrich shaped Trumps various barstool eruptions into a semi-coherent program of national populism Bill gave a long chronological account of a passionate liberals social activism. It was an attempt, I suppose, to humanize her.

Well, yes. Perhaps, after all, somewhere in there is a real person. But what a waste of Bills talents. It wasnt exactly Clint Eastwood speaking to an empty chair, but at the end you had to ask: Is that all there is?

He grandly concluded with this: The reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on earth we have always been about tomorrow. Is there a rhetorical device more banal?

Trumps acceptance speech was roundly criticized for offering a dark, dystopian vision of America. For all of its exaggeration, however, it reflected well the view from Fishtown, the fictional white working-class town created statistically by social scientist Charles Murray in his 2012 study Coming Apart.

It chronicled the economic, social and spiritual disintegration of those left behind by globalization and economic transformation. …

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