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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks about Syria during an event at the White House in Washington, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  
C'mon Hillary, don't go down that path.
I have a lot of reason to believe, as we saw in the 2012 election, most Americans don’t agree with the extremists on any side of an issue, but there needs to continue to be an effort to find common ground, or even take it to higher ground on behalf of the future.
Who are the extremists on the other side of the government defunding debate? Or food stamp debate? Or immigration reform? Or pretty much any issue before our nation today?

What about Benghazi? Who are the extremists on the other side of the Right's obsession with Benghazi?

If Clinton thinks that Barack Obama's "let's find common ground" schtick from 2008 works in the era of Ted Cruz, then she hasn't been paying attention. And if she thinks that the way to mobilize the progressive base is to try and make nice with Mitch McConnell, she was really not paying attention in 2010.

Democrats are the majority party, and that majority only grows every year. But our biggest enemy is ourselves, as our base groups are the worst-performing of all. So if Clinton has any inclination to pull the trigger in 2016, she should focus on mobilizing our base rather than trying to search for some mythical "reasonable center" that didn't exist in 2008, much less today.

So unless "take it to higher ground on behalf of the future" means "beating up on Republicans up on that hill yonder because they're standing in the way of everything that's good and decent", she might want to start recalibrating her message.

Originally posted to kos on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 01:55 PM PDT.

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