It is never too early in this country to talk presidential politics. The country cannot wait for the campaign. A lot of this seems driven by the news business. They know readers and viewers like to focus on people, not boring things like how the political parties are doing. Let’s face it. The House of Representatives and the Senate are too muddled to follow.
Today, the media are following Hillary Clinton. She is running for the nomination of the Democratic Party. Ms. Clinton is very well known. She is the wife of former President Bill Clinton. She was elected as a U.S. Senator from New York. She was chosen as President Obama’s first Secretary of State.
Most observers expect her to win the nomination. But they want her campaign to be fun to watch. She is helping them by providing assorted scandals. The Clintons’ have what is called a “penchant for secrecy.” Her latest problem has to do with not disclosing emails she sent while serving as Secretary of State.
From what we know about the emails, they do not seem to have held big secrets. It is just the way the Clintons like to do things. The same thing is true about the Clinton Foundation. It does good works, but it raises money in a way that creates questions. Who gave the money and why did they give it? Some foreign countries that gave money had matters involving the Secretary of State.
The Republican Party will keep these types of issues before the public for as long as it can.
Another side to her campaign is just beginning. The pressure is coming from Democrats who want her to move to the left. They want her to become the standard-bearer for the struggling middle-class. And they want her to help lower-income families get a better foothold in the economy. These efforts mean taking on the interests of the rich, many of whom have supported the Clintons over the years.
Many Democrats want the presidential campaign to be about the differences between the political parties. They are focused on the rights of workers, the status of undocumented migrants and the contents of trade agreements. There are at least two campaigns. The media stirs one up in order to attract viewers and readers. The other is where real issues and differences are discussed. This second campaign is sometimes hard to find and follow.
Source: The New York Times May 1, 2015