Sunday, July 5, 2015

What's wrong with having two smart people in the White House?

In 2008. a Clinton supporter responded to a criticism of Hillary's run for the Democratic nomination by asking her detractor: “What would be wrong with having two smart people in the White House?”

That question is equally relevant in the 2016 campaign as evidenced by Hillary's in-depth research on policy matters. After reading the article below, one might even wonder who is the smarter of the wedded pair: Hillary or Bill? Personally, I'm very comfortable with the notion of Bill and Hillary discussing national concerns at the dining room table in the White House. Surely the United States would benefit from their combined leadership:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts.

In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint.

By last fall, the number of experts she had interviewed hit two hundred and her team stopped keeping track.

"It was like I hadn't left Harvard," Roland Fryer, an economist at the university, said of his meeting with Clinton to discuss successful charter school practices. "It was like talking to a colleague and debating over a cup of coffee."

The Democrat isn't an incumbent, and even with competition that's resolute but still far from offering a serious primary challenge, Clinton has a luxury few candidates enjoy: time to hit the books. The results have started to emerge, and Clinton plans to add to them by releasing a new domestic policy proposal nearly every week this summer.

To be sure, politics are at play as Clinton shapes her agenda. She is sidestepping foreign affairs, which has consumed much of the early debate among Republican White House hopefuls eager to paint the former secretary of state with President Barack Obama's record on the world stage.
She is not yet offering specifics on subjects where consensus among Democrats and independent voters will be harder to find: trade, limits on executive pay, regulating the country's finance industry, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

What Clinton debuts in the coming weeks will form the core platform of her campaign and, should she win the nomination and the presidency, her administration. It's an agenda Clinton describes as that of a "pragmatic progressive," centered on families and focused on economic growth, innovation and income inequality.

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