Cynics often say that no real difference exists between the two major political parties. While that perception may arise from time to time, one clear difference has manifest between Republicans in Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest.
Republicans have so many candidates vying for the job that Fox News had to split the first debate into two tiers, and the eventual nomination remains anyone’s to win. By contrast, the Democrats are hosting a snoozefest with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. The sense of inevitability regarding her nomination has led Clinton to play it safe and float above the fray.
That dynamic may be shifting however. From the Washington Post:
Clinton’s stepped-up tempo has included almost daily attacks on the better-known contenders among the wide Republican field, particularly billionaire front-runner Donald Trump and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
“Republicans are systematically . . . trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting,” Clinton wrote in a Twitter message Thursday typical of her recent postings. “What part of democracy are they afraid of?”
Clinton hopes to signal to die-hard leftists, who have been taking a look at rival Bernie Sanders, that she’s a fighter. Otherwise, her perceived weakness may invite the entry of even more competitors.