Donald Trump is on the attack, as always, pointing to Ted Cruz’s support of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in 2005. What he won’t defend or even acknowledge is his own support for Hillary Clinton for the last three decades, including many loving words in 2012.
Let’s be crystal clear. Hillary Clinton’s primary goal in speaking to millions of people during last weekend’s Democratic Debate was to address a single person: President Obama. She had been advised that if the President, Vice President Joe Biden, and other past and current members of the Administration didn’t support her, that she could lose. To win their support, she had to come out by promising to honor their work and keep it in play. She had to come out in defense of his legacy in order to get them on board with her campaign.
If there’s one thing that pundits across the board missed last summer, it’s that they didn’t apply what they’ve instinctively known all along. A handful did, but even they underestimated the number of people who rely on the lowest dimension to determine their candidate of choice.
The 2016 Presidential election may end up being a snore fest depending on the nominees, but the months prior to the nominations being solidified seemed destined to be unique. Then again, they may also seem to be eerily familiar to Hillary Clinton who is watching a once-dominant lead whither away like it did in 2008.