HIL­LARY’S NEXT SCRIPT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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