For Clinton, 2016 is looking too much like 2008

For Clinton, 2016 is looking too much like 2008

When Hil­lary Clin­ton launched her pres­id­en­tial bid last year, she and her ad­visers were de­term­ined to avoid the mis­takes of her last cam­paign. They favored small meet-and-greets over large ral­lies. They drilled down on the lib­er­al causes an­im­at­ing the Demo­crat­ic base. They even de­ployed the can­did­ate to late-night talk shows to high­light The Real Hil­lary.

But as the first nom­in­at­ing con­test ap­proaches, Clin­ton seems to be caught in a polit­ic­al time warp, buf­feted by the same head­winds that felled her 2008 cam­paign as she seeks to blunt the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sunday’s de­bate will be her last big op­por­tun­ity to change the dy­nam­ic be­fore the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.

With polls tight­en­ing in the Hawkeye State, Clin­ton is again em­phas­iz­ing her ex­per­i­ence and tough­ness and paint­ing her sur­ging op­pon­ent as a naïve politi­cian who is over­prom­ising sweep­ing change, es­pe­cially on health care. On Tues­day, she re­prised a main line of at­tack that she used against Barack Obama eight years ago. “I wish we could elect a Demo­crat­ic pres­id­ent who could wave his ma­gic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,’” she said. “That ain’t the real world we’re liv­ing in!”

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