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I think there are a couple of tragedies for Hillary - and how she bounces back from them if she wins will define her presidency.

  1. One small but significant part of Obama's rise, was the underlying feeling that "Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton" just didn't feel good in a democracy. That her rise to prominence comes connected to Bill (and all those years) plus the 2 terms of waiting out the Obama presidency just makes the public jaded about her - and as you note, dealing with the constant attacks and pressure seems to have made her secretive and non-commital.

  2. Obamacare means we all forget Hillarycare. She had a progressive vision for improving life for ordinary people - it was fixing healthcare. She put a huge amount into it and failed. But it did lay the ground for future change. Alas, it seems she internalised the failure and never wants to be so exposed by proposing controversial things.

All of this is compounded by the reality that the President is dependent on Congress - so unless there is a win there, even if she overcame her personal experiences to propose more visionary action, it won't go anywhere....
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 04:27:59 AM EST

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