… Fred Malek, the finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said the party’s mainstream had simply run up against the limits of its influence. “There’s no single leader and no single institution that can bring a diverse group called the Republican Party together, behind a single candidate,” Mr. Malek said. “It just doesn’t exist. …” – Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin [New York Times]
CLINTON SAID a lot in her interview with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, including that she wasn’t a “natural politician” like her husband or President Obama. Clinton has begun to hear music in her ear instead of her own thought tape, and it’s showing up in very positive outcomes.
It’s thrilling to see any powerful woman at her best, which begins with laying back a bit. Trusting yourself that you’ve got this after a rocky start is the only way through to higher ground.
Somewhere between getting shellacked in New Hampshire and handily winning in Nevada, with Democratic support strongly behind her this time, she made it through. But it is the foundational support of South Carolina that beckoned, strengthening Hillary Clinton into defying a near crash, coming home to people of the south who understand her mission, what she is all about.
It’s not that South Carolinians don’t like Bernie Sanders or appreciate his message but he’s fighting against historic relationships that mimic a crazy dysfunctional family that eventually always comes around to supporting one another.
And Secretary Clinton finally answered the question I’ve been asking since last fall. It was the second time Brzezinski had asked her about it and Clinton was finally ready for it. The beginnings of a slogan a few weeks ago that I liked so much, “breaking down/through barriers,” is now being owned and amplified.
Hillary Clinton will try to run up the score in South Carolina to further cement her command of the nomination. She might finally get her reward.
What Bernie Sanders continues to accomplish is the broadening of the imagination of new voters who now know the most progressive ideas are alive and shared by thousands of Americans. It’s great news no matter the outcome, which will include Sanders picking up delegates too.
Senator Sanders’ conversation with Chris Matthews on foreign policy should dispell any notion that he’s a novice or uncomfortable with these subjects. In fact, Matthews had a little fun with Sanders swapping U.S. interventionist horror stories. Rarely does Matthews meet someone who’s his equal on this score, not since Christopher Hitchens, I don’t think. It was fun to watch.
Then there is the Republicans’ vapid mudslinging. It’s got to feel good for Democrats and progressives, liberals too, to see their candidates display serious policy specifics.
Even with the penchant to want something different from the president who’s leaving after two terms, I’d still give Democrats a strong edge for November. Clinton has to continue to work on her negatives, repeating the performance she had with Brzezinski and Scarborough. It was political platinum.
Hillary Clinton has found her comfort zone on the trail and the news tumbling out of the traveling press corps is spectacular.
These two remarkable candidates have to find a way to work together once this is over. They’re really important thinkers.
What comes next is going to be brutal.
But first we’re going to have a wild couple of weeks.
Gear up and strap in.
This post has been updated.