HILLARY’S NEXT SCRIPT
Iowa seems so long ago, like ancient history in the instant annals of manufactured politics now annoying voters. But it’s forever onward for Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Democrat’s greatest presidential hope journeyed to New Hampshire, and a whole new dramatic tableau punctuated by pine forests rather than verdant plains. And then? Mrs. Clinton must continue to hone her heartland scripts and drink coffee with local voters. A perfect match? Maybe not. Despite lovingly crafted campaign scenarios, the Democratic Party might have an uphill battle no matter how much the strategists work.
“The base is trying desperately to foist the Blue State model onto recalcitrant Red State America; the party establishment is coughing up deeply unlovable dynastic schemers like Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and meanwhile the Clinton machine is neutralizing potential challengers by God knows what means,” says Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine.
“I know it’s fashionable among some to bemoan the ‘clown show’ of the 2016 Republican presidential field, but at least there’s an actual contest there, and a detectable pulse,” he says.