Hillary’s Launch

Nancy LeTourneau did the honors yesterday of saying the important things about Hillary Clinton’s announcement, and also posted the campaign’s impressive “launch” video, which is getting more attention than this sort of thing normally gains. The diversity of the images in that video are a good reflection of where the Democratic Party finds its support these days, and the tone of “humility” is an appropriate antidote to the “coronation” talk we will inevitably hear from most Republicans and some Democrats.

Some observers may wonder why HRC is going to begin her campaign in Iowa (albeit via a “road trip”). Doesn’t that set her up for another disappointment–perhaps of the “doesn’t meet expectations” nature rather than an outright loss–in that state where the Clintons have never had a strong connection? Maybe, though it makes sense to me in that her potential trouble in Iowa this time around flowed from local activist anger that she had denied them the attention and money associated with a competitive Caucus. The more time she spends there herself, the more that anger abates.

In any event, last week’s chatter about Democratic “nervousness” over excessive dependence on HRC has begun to yield to less neurotic and more relevant discussion of the Democratic Party’s challenges in 2016. We’ll have more about that later today.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.