Memo to Hillary Clinton Updated

Update I: Apparently someone didn’t get the memo. From an interview with Clinton this morning in the USAToday:

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

Pattern would be correct, namely she is now openly running a campaign even a Republican couldn’t get away with. On the bright side, she “only” called all black people lazy (er 92% of them)–at least she didn’t call them uppity. Heh.

That should seal the deal on her (not) getting Senate Majority Leader. On second thought, maybe not.

Update II: To give a more charitable interpretation as Yglesias calls for, Clinton does now represent and is the de facto leader of a large, though not majority building (as she claims) wing within the Democratic Party and the broader electorate. It’s been almost weirdly beautiful to watch her “find her voice”–when she’s not being too crash and stereotypical about it (i.e. shots at the bar). And Democrats have in many respects lost this vote particularly by appearing as “eggheads” or the so-called wine track liberals.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out relative to Obama. McCain has the war hero image but is actually an, er, elite and his economic and health care policies are not aimed at this crowd. He’s no Sam’s Club Republican iow. But Obama will be labeled with the image of the Stevenson-Dukkakis-Tsongas-Kerry tradition though his policy proposals–economics, health care–would seem more helpful relative to this voting bloc.

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