Those poll numbers on the proposal (60-27 against) are comforting. What I found interesting about the whole episode is how sloppy it was for Hillary Clinton. This whole campaign, she has tried to present herself as the responsible, moderate, thoughtful leader who understands political realities and is already thinking as if she’s president. Everything she has done has been carefully calibrated to further that message. But this proposal smacks of political amateurism and communicates the exact opposite–that she’s still the radical college student fantasizing about establishing a leftist utopia. Had Obama made the same proposal, the Clinton campaign would have slammed him as naive and not up to the serious task of being president. A rare stumble for the heavily cautious and programed Clinton campign. I guess no amount of discipline can beat the statist impulses out of her.
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