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Hillary Clinton Runs First, Thinks Last

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The revealing headline: "Hillary Clinton Will Run; She Still Has to Explain Why."

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The money quote from the story beneath that headline: "For months, Mrs. Clinton has lamented the stagnant wages holding back lower-income people and the concentration of wealth among a sliver of the wealthiest, a sentiment echoed in her first public remarks as a 2016 candidate."

Linger on that sentence's introductory phrase: "For months."

Months?

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!

What?

Hillary has been a political animal for decades. She's been a possible future presidential candidate since at least 1996 -- the year she last drove a car. She's just getting around to figuring out what her politics are?

(By the way and speaking of which, someone in Hillaryworld needs to clue in She-Who-Must-Be-Driven to basic automotive vernacular. When one is a passenger, one does not say, as Secretary Clinton did yesterday, "when I was driving here." Driving is something one does, not something that is done to you. Unless you are actually, you know, driving, the correct phrase would be: "when I was riding here." Unless, of course, this is one of those misremembering "dodging sniper fire" senior moments.)

Maybe I took high school civics class too seriously, but I thought the correct order was:

First, come up with list of ideas, policies, and bills that you would, as President of the United States, promote, enact and propose.

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Second, run for President of the United States.

This, however, is no longer how a professional political class so removed from the lives of the average citizen that they not only don't drive but don't even know words about driving -- who think being worth $25 million equals "dead broke," and that earning $12 million a year makes you "not truly well off" -- sees it. First, they fundraise. Second, they run. Third, they figure out what they believe in.

With a campaign war chest likely to set new records, the task of selling influence in a 2017-2021 first term is well underway. Unless she dies or gets hosed by a new scandal, Hillary has the Democratic nomination all sewn up. Which means it's time for the last priority: ginning up a platform.

At this writing, Clinton says she wants to be a "champion" for "everyday Americans." What does that phrase even mean? As opposed to what -- Americans who live outside the standard Sunday-to-Saturday space-time continuum? Is there some special eighth-and-a-halfth day for one percenters?

There are, she told Iowans, "four big fights that I think we have to take on."

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