The Republicans have We Democrats have one declared presidential candidate. The Daily Beast‘s Liz Mair finds Hillary Clinton’s new campaign “so dull, so bland, so scripted, so planned, so typically political,” and a perfect fit for a flaccid electorate:
Just as people like the semblance of getting a “real” glimpse into the Real Housewives of Wherever’s lives, we like the semblance of a genuinely approachable, relatable, human, real-keeping presidential candidate. But when the candidate says something a little too raw or real or sarcastic or even eccentric (as real people might) about abortion, or entitlements, or cronyism, or civil liberties, or foreign policy, we freak out.
When we have a choice between the more open, straight-talking candidate or the one that does everything through self-managed media so that they can control the message to the maximum conceivable degree, we go for the latter.
When we have a choice between uncomfortable substance and truth on the one hand, and reality or feel-good talking points and make-believe on the other, we reject the former [Liz Mair, “You Deserve Hillary’s Bloodless, Condescending Campaign,” The Daily Beast, 2015.04.15]
Mair catches me in my own handicapping of the Presidential race: I’ve thrilled to the declarations of Cruz, Paul, and Rubio, contending that the wacky things they say will get them steamrolled by sane, centrist Team Clinton.
But me? I’m still waiting for Dennis Kucinich to jump in.