Hillary vs. Jeb: The real debate

Believe it or not, given the trauma of the finance-induced horrific recession, voters are going to be looking for an election about their lives and about their futures. The truth of the matter is that there is an actual shovel-ready message for Secretary Clinton on how we can make Washington work to rebuild America’s devastated middle class.

Rarely has there been a coming presidential campaign with such an obvious and effective message available to a candidate. We can continue to list what this will be about — Bill Clinton; George W. Bush; the attach in Benghazi, Libya;Monica Lewinsky; Whitewater; the IRS political targeting scandal — but none of that is going to matter one half of an inch outside of the right-wing echo chamber. Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in February that Republicans will have a “truckload” of material to use against Secretary Clinton. Well, I will help Reince drive those trucks and show him where to park. It isn’t what matters, and it is not what voters care about.

To a large extent it is going to be less about President Obama and what happened during his administration than people think. The Democrats and our nominee presumably — and hopefully, Secretary Clinton — will say the following: “Obama had a huge task, he had to wind down wars in the Middle East, he had to rescue the American auto industry, and, by the way, he had to fix a very broken healthcare system. And you know what, he did those things, but the task ahead of us is difficult and necessary.”