Across the Wide Missouri: Michael Tomasky: Go Big, Hillary!: "Clinton is going to be surrounded by soap-opera coverage...

...The way around it: stick to issues. But shed the caution and make the issues big.... This Clinton campaign... [will] be covered by the media... [as] soap opera... Dowdian questions of which the press never seems to tire: is she connecting, is she being ‘authentic,’ is she acting too ‘ambitious,’ is she wearing the right pantsuit, what’s up with her hair today, how is Bill behaving[?]... So how does Clinton navigate these currents? I suspect she’ll go back in time a bit and use as her model... her successful 2000 campaign for Senate in New York.... What she did then was to ignore the soap opera to the extent possible and stick to the issues. Issues, issues, issues.... Now, the issues aren’t boring. Now, the issues really matter, and we are at a point in history where, if she can win and manage to hold the White House until 2025, a good portion of the rightward drift in this country since 1980 can be reversed for the foreseeable future....

Clinton needs to be willing to make some enemies.... Take some chances. I wrote last summer that she should embrace paid family and medical leave... send a fantastic signal that she’s on the middle class’ side and is willing to take on some big-money interests.... She’s always—okay, usually—been good at being a symbol and an icon to those on her side. What she hasn’t always been good at is being a leader with the guts and vision that the historical moment demands. It seemed a good sign that the only quasi-substantive thing she said in the video had a little populist bite to it: ‘The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I wanna be that champion.’ Decent start. If she can be that person, primary challenge or not, she’ll be the candidate the Democrats need.

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