The coronation of Hillary Clinton continues, writes the WSJ. Bernie Sanders began the debate with an apology to Hillary. And Martin O’Malley? Really? Mr. O’Malley is actually running? And then there was Hillary.
Mrs. Clinton was typically methodical and uninspiring, sticking close to President Obama’s skirts while trying to create some space where his policies are unpopular.
As Peggy Noonan notes in the WSJ, Republicans were told to make Jeb king. Instead they thundered back with no. No coronation for us.
The political parties swapped their longtime roles, styles and ways of being. The Democrats became the party of primogeniture, the Republicans of rebellion. The Democrats were once alive, chaotic and brawling, the Republicans staid and orderly. Not anymore. It is the Democrats who are accepting a coronation, the Republicans who said no to ancestral claims.
Now that party acts like this tidy, lifeless, fightless thing, a big, gray, dead-hearted, soul-killing blob. “I have the demographics,” it blobbily bellows, “I have the millennials.” Maybe it doesn’t have as much as it thinks. It is no honor to the Democratic Party that it is not fighting things through with a stage full of contenders this epochal year.
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