Read everything Daniel Henninger ever writes.
Just do it.The Battle Of Washington. Probably behind a paywall, but you should be paying for the WSJ.
So, onto the article; will this election FINALLY be about the federal Leviathan? The bloat? The weight that is dragging the ship down? Because the presidential candidate touring the country in the Scooby van is about nothing but increasing the size and scope of the federal government.
After defeating the Clinton organization in 2008, the progressive left finally got full control of the Democratic Party. There is no chance they will let Mrs. Clinton even glance toward the center in the next 19 months. The Democratic left didn’t like the Clintons in 2007 and still doesn’t.
You’re not going to hear a peep about the private sector in this campaign, other than her opening-day remark that “there’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the average American worker.”
Mrs. Clinton is a Democrat inheriting the economic headwinds of the Obama presidency, six years of below-average economic growth that has produced middle-class anxiety over flat incomes and flat jobs. Her solution: Make big government bigger.
No more fake republicans, who opt for the “losing more slowly” path. We need someone who will fight, and MEAN it.
You have to laugh, though, at Hillary Clintons obvious attempt to appear down to earth, traveling in a non-discript full sized fan. It reminds me of the Obama fake bus/ listening tour which from 2011:
Apparently President Obama only rode the buses for a couple of miles at a time, spending the rest of the time flying from community to community in Air Force One. What’s more, the buses were flown from stop to stop as well. It’s normal practice for the President’s entire motorcade to be loaded up on cargo planes and flown from destination to destination. The buses were just a new part of that motorcade.
Hillary’s not going to make that mistake, so she’s actually riding around in that GMC van. SEE? SHE’S NOT POLITICAL ROYALTY. She’s just like you and me. The Guardian:
But Hillary Clinton’s 1,000-mile presidential kickoff journey – from her $2.4m mansion in Chappaqua, New York, to a series of sit-downs in the American heartland that culminates on Wednesday in Norwalk, Iowa – appears to have succeeded, at least temporarily, in brushing off the image of a political royal awaiting coronation for a “champion” of the people ready for battle.
In the days since the former first lady, senator and secretary of state entered the race for the White House, pollsters, strategists and even a politician who road-tripped through his state to win voters say Clinton’s opening act was savvy – if not quite “pitch-perfect”.
Of course, this was an extremely calculated move. Something to counteract all the “it’s HER time” and “she’s EARNED” it talk. To paper over how long she’s been in government, so out of touch with average Americans who drive, shop, cook, clean, and pay their own bills. Rich Lowry:
Her announcement video spent more time dwelling on random people pursuing their dreams than it did on Hillary herself, a gesture toward her campaign’s focus on what she calls “everyday Americans.” These everyday Americans presumably are to be distinguished from the “occasional” or “once-a-week” Americans with whom Clinton spends her time in the normal course of things – the highflying donors, dignitaries, celebrities, and operatives who inhabit the upper tier of American politics that she has called home for nearly 25 years.
Hillary’s worst moments on her book tour last year were her exaggerations — from the heights of her power, fame, and wealth — of her own economic struggles. Negotiating the contrast between her middle-class message and her longtime upper-1-percent lifestyle would challenge an even more gifted politician.
Driving is something everyday Americans do, well, every day; Hillary hasn’t driven, not even a Scooby-Doo van, in 20 years. On the cusp of her announcement, Elle magazine did a glamorous spread on Chelsea Clinton wearing Cartier, Bulgari, and Tiffany and Co. jewelry, as befits the daughter of a burgeoning American political dynasty.
The early message she’s trying to convey? That she doesn’t feel entitled. But, of course, that is exactly how she feels. Notice the lack of other democrats running? Karl Rove:
On Tuesday Mrs. Clinton arrived in Iowa for visits to a restaurant and a garage where she read heartfelt talking points off heartfelt prepared notes. No tough questions from national reporters, just softballs from supporters. CNN’s Brianna Keilar reported Iowans “were perplexed” she didn’t talk with people Tuesday, undermining Mrs. Clinton’s woman-of-the-people narrative. She says she doesn’t feel entitled to the presidency, but apparently she feels entitled to campaign in a cocoon.
Let’s see how long the media allows her to do so, and how easily the LIVs fall for her line of bs.